But now, O Jacob{Jessica}, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Nausea of the Ebbs and Flows

Plop, plop, fizz, fizz! Oh, what a relief it is!  What a relief it is to have Jessica back home; but as you have probably been reading on the Facebook page she isn’t getting any relief.  She is in the hospital with terrible stomach issues.  This has been going on now for five days and it has taken a major toll on Jessica’s system.  Her electrolytes are all out of whack (that is an official medical term used by her doctor).  Her phosphate, magnesium and potassium levels have been extremely low.  Her hemoglobin has dropped and they have given her two units of blood.  She is malnourished and extremely weak. 

It is hard to know if this is the result of an infection or chemotherapy.  Either way she is extremely sick and miserable.  There are many times in life when we are sick and tired of circumstances and absolutely totally unhappy.  During those times you just want to give up.  Throw the towel in and walk away. And there are days even Jessica feels that way.  But life isn’t based in circumstances.  Or at least it shouldn’t be!
Misty and Savannah chasing the waves. 

Life rests in the hands of the creator and it is a series of ebbs and flows.   The phrase ebbs and flows originates from the movement of the tide as it races in and then recedes back, as it rises and falls.  It is kind of like taking two steps forward and one step back or some days taking one step forward and two steps back.  In the context of life it speaks to the resilience of a person who not just survives but thrives through extremely difficult times and when everything seems to be working out right, through all the ebbs and flow of life. 
Jessica is resilient but only because of whose hands she rests in.  It is there that she finds real peace.  Not that God is going to make everything easy just because we prayed.  But because she knows he is still in control of the white caped waters of the sea that threatens to drown her.  Sometimes the crash of the waves is deafening but there is still a peaceful rhythm to them that washes away the dirt and despair of the seashore.  In the whirling of the wind is the sound of God’s voice calling out to us to remind us the power of the wave is weak in comparison to His power and might. 

Told you I have ridden the waves!
God is stronger more powerful than the mightiest wave, more commanding and potent than cancer. And just when you think that a hurricane wave of life is about to crash over you, you realize that in it is God’s love and grace washing over you, cleansing you, filling those empty places of despair.  How do I know?  Because, I have been swamped by the waves of life.  I have felt like I was drowning and to feel His power holding me up.  I have been strengthened by His love through people like you.  I have rested and cried in His arms.
If you feel you are being tossed about by the waves of life stop.  Don’t let them make you miserable and sick to your stomach.  Quit looking down.  Flip over on your back.  Float! Quit fighting life and look up to the creator.  He will teach you to ride the waves! 

Matthew 8:24-26 (NIV)
24  Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25  The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" 26  He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the
 winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.


P.S. We thank you in advance for your understanding but currently Jessica is too sick for visitors.  We will let you know when she is ready to receive guests. 


  1. Alice Ward, twin of Anita LanierJune 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    What a powerful message for all of us.

  2. God Bless all of you. You DO give a powerful message.

  3. This post reminds me of the anthem "Secure" Some of the words are: "A storm is raging, Lord. The boat I sail is small and, oh, so frail. The wind is blowing, Lord, I cannot hold the course against the gale. The lightning strikes on every side, no where to run, no where to hide. Your hand alone can hold the tide. Lord, rescue me. I am sinking, Lord. I long to plant my feet on solid ground. Oh, Lord of earth and sky and sea, Your hand is reaching out to me. I know that You have heard my plea. My hope is sure. I am secure."

  4. God Bless you and your family Jessica. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Ann (Braik) Keck

  5. Can we please get an update? We don"t want to call.

  6. Please share this with Jessica. It is my absolute favorite by
    Ella Wilkins Wilcox

    One ship drives east while another drives west
    With the self same winds that blow.
    Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
    That tells us the way to go.

    Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
    As we voyage along through life
    Tis the set of a soul that decides its goal
    And not the calm or the strife.

    many prayers go up for you Jessica,
    LouAnne Connell

  7. Any new news to share? It has seemed like a really dry spell since 6/8. We want to at least hear weekly please. Meg's can be short. Praying for all of you.