Learning from Leukemia

In answer to my question the girl pulled up her pant leg to reveal scars covering her calve muscle.

“I want to be a PA because I fought cancer here when I was in high school.”

I looked over at our Pediatric Oncologist April and then back to the girl who was shadowing her today. I realized something I thought I had already known.

The hardest trials can catalyze the greatest change for good in our lives.

The medical student in the room with us today experienced a battle with cancer and that motivated her to try and become a doctor.

20 minutes earlier the nurse brought a large stuffed full backpack into the room. 

“A girl named Sierra survived cancer here. Now she is in high school and she puts together these bags for all the kids who go through here.”

The bag was stuffed with well over $100 worth of toys for Isabelle. All geared toward making our time fighting leukemia better. 

Sierra survived cancer and that experience motivated her to make a difference in the lives of others.

We are still at the beginning of a two year battle with leukemia.

It is hard to watch you daughter constantly get stuck with needles. 

It is traumatic watching her pass out when the anesthesia kicks in for a procedure. 

It is gut wrenching to put on a mask and gloves to feed a pill to your daughter.

Yet through this I need to pay attention. This is a tremendous opportunity God has given me to grow and love my family and others better.

I love what James wrote:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” -James 1:2-6 , NIV

May I have the faith and obedience to ask God for wisdom in trials.

Here are a few things to remember about trials and change for good.

  1. Positive change only comes if we are willing to respond in faith.
  2. Positive change comes if we are willing to respond instead of reacting.
  3. Positive change comes but not necessarily immediately. Sometimes you need time to grieve and hurt.
  4. If you let it, your trial might someday be the greatest blessing that God has given to you. 


I pray that God will transform every trial in my life into wisdom learned. I hope that you can leverage the pain that God permits into change for good for others. 

This idea is kind of the driving force behind the hashtag #GooseStrong. We want to be strong for our silly little goose Isabelle. This trial has ignited generosity in the lives of hundreds of people on our behalf. I am grateful for what God has worked through this trial. I pray that he uses every trial in my life for his glory.

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