Jumpstarting My Heart

“I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full.”
― Sylvia Plath

Many of you have asked how I am doing with another new chemo and the lingering effects of the chemo reaction I’ve had, and the above quote describes my struggle well. I’ve been holding many things close these past months knowing that even my words cannot explain them or do them justice. There is much that has happened emotionally that has wrecked me in the past months. And there is much that is wrecking me physically, too. It wears on the spirit and the mind, and I am weary.

I am still learning the ins and outs of my newest treatment and which side effects to call in about or which ones to jot down and discuss with my oncologist or palliative care specialist. There are side effects that mirror side effects of heart failure, so it’s an always wondering if it’s chemo or my heart. And it is exhausting to live every day wondering if it’s progressing more because of the physical pain.

I am relearning the withdrawals and deposits of life. Resting in the mornings so I can carpool my girl to practice or go to tennis matches or celebrate Star Wars day with my fam. Last week Bri and I triple dated and went out to a restaurant for the first time in fifteen months. (I’m so thankful for vaccinated friends!) Each of those things depletes me and I spend hours, if not days, in bed afterwards. I am so thankful to be living life again.

But at the same time I am exhausted.

In every way.

And I realized along the way with this last scare, I flatlined like I’ve done before.

And in the flatlining I found myself asking the same questions I’ve asked before, “How do I do this?”
How do I live and love? And how do I laugh?”

And then the asking turned to God, “Where are You in this? What are You doing?”

The last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in bed because of my pain. I’ve treated the pain with medicine and movies, but I’ve also read good books and listened to great sermons online, because I know that even if I feel like I’ve flatlined, I can’t stop looking for life.

I look at Thomas, the doubting disciple. He gets a bad rap being remembered as The Doubter, if you ask me. Because, yes, while he doubted, his doubts led him to ask questions, questions that led him back to God. Questions that led him to see Jesus for Who He is, and He cried, “My Lord and My God!” Thomas the Doubter is Thomas the Believer.

And it was this week that God pulled out the paddles and jump started my heart, because I was struck with how I’m not really seeing or hearing. I’m not taking steps. I’m looking and asking, but I am blind to His works and my ears are deaf to His whispers. I’m asking, but I’m not reaching out and putting my hands into the scars and touching and seeing and hearing His voice.

And I realized:

If I’m so busy asking what God is doing, I tend to forget all God has done.

So I stopped asking what He was doing and only asked for Him.

He is working, friends.

The tears still slosh. My heart still skips beats. But He is working.

And in the working, there is life.

There is hope.

Your hope is not that you understand your past, present, and future, but that the Lord of all three holds you in the hollow of his hand. (~Paul David Tripp)

One response to “Jumpstarting My Heart”

  1. Judie says:

    My precious sister,

    Oh the battle for the mind. We must war with the truth, not accounting our lives pas dear to ourselves, but think on things that are pure honest. Trustworthy and of good report, being transformed by the renewing of our mind, able to prove what is that good, acceptable will of God. Moving our minds on things above where our new life is hid with Christ in God, and Christ who is our life appears, we will appear with Him in glory. The shield of faith will destroy every fiery dart, those fiery one that bludgeon our minds with fears, anxiety and doubts.

    This is our time to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, letting the mind of Christ be in us. We have to fall in love with His will, so we can rejoice and give thanks in everything, being a living sacrifice Holy and pleasing for that is our reasonable service of worship. We are bought with a price as His own possession. We have to take ourselves out of our keeping looking to the author and finisher of an unfailing faith that He is completing the work He has begun.

    May we stand in this victory knowing the testing of our faith I’d producing eternal work that remains.

    May this encourage you to run this race with absolute confidence.

    Love you my dear one. Judie Young
    ❤❤

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