In May, 2014 I received a referral to help a little boy with anxiety. I thought it was going to be just a simple case, but little did I know that my heart would be heavy, and God would put this mom in my thoughts often.
This particular case the mom completed a developmental screening and documented that she has concerns with her son. So I called mom and followed up with her about these concerns. She had some concerns about anxiety and wanted a referral to help her son with this issue. I quickly started asking questions to get a better understanding of the situation.
I could tell there was more to the story, so I asked mom, “How is your marriage?” She responded in a quiet voice…”Well, I’m in the middle of a divorce.” I quickly responded, “Oh, I am so sorry! Is there any hope…maybe?” She replied, “No,” explaining that the divorce was actually a nasty one and she just wanted it to end! Again, I told her I was sorry, but I just knew there was more. So asked…”What else?” She replied, “What do you mean?” I quickly replied and said I just feel that there is more. “Anything I can pray for?” I asked. SILENCE….She finally said, “I have breast cancer!” Again, I replied, “Oh, I am so sorry! Do you have support?” “Yes, I belong to a church,” she said. “Oh good,” I replied. “What about family? Do you have family support?” I asked. “Kinda, she replied. “I’m taking care of my dad. His health is bad, and my mom is no longer with us.” I responded, “Goodness, you have a lot going on!”
So, I was able to help her with the concerns about her son’s anxiety. I gave her the appropriate connections for her son to receive help. But little did I know that God was going to put her in my thoughts daily…I prayed… and prayed! I messaged her often, checking in with her… even keeping up with the days she had chemo.
In January, 2015 I received at text from the mom, reporting that she’d had her surgery, and she is cancer free. Praise the Lord! I have never met this mom, but I have prayed, encouraged, and loved on her during this journey! Since receiving her great news, I invited mom to lunch…hoping to put a face with her voice. I want to meet this precious woman who has fought a huge battle…and won! In situations like this, when I come across women and families who have been dealt very difficult situations, I am SO THANKFUL for a God who provides HOPE! And I’m thankful for a God who has called me to help, love, and serve His people!