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Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Thankful for Second Chances"

I am thankful God gives us second chances in life and how He always orchestrates the circumstances in our lives perfectly. On July 12th I went in for my 6th round of chemo. I had seen several people I knew that day and also felt I had missed another opportunity God had placed before me to share or encourage someone. There was a beautiful young lady having chemo that day and she had not lost her hair, so I figured she must have been in early stages of treatment. The sad thing is, I did not speak to her. Satan wants to make me believe that people are private and I shouldn't interfere with their lives. I told Jordan and Tony both that I knew I had messed up by not talking to her. She has been on my heart so many times since and I have been praying for the young lady with pretty hair, not even knowing her name. I have asked God several times that if it was His will for us to meet to please put her in my path again. What a personal God I serve that works all things out for good. I had to leave a wedding shower early today that I was a hostess for and had to drive to Fayetteville to get my 3rd shot of Neupogen (helps rebuild white blood cells). This was my first time to go to Highlands Oncology there and the only reason I had to go there and not to our local office was because ours was closed. When I walked in I saw the young lady pictured below sitting in a chair. I went to tell the nurse I was there and was told to sit and they would be with me shortly. I sat right in front of the nurses and away from the young lady. The thought crossed my mind several times, what if that was the young lady I had been praying for sitting across the room. Satan once again tried to make me think I was silly for even thinking it could be her, but the Spirit inside me said go and talk to her. I walked over and really have no idea how my conversation began but was so thankful to find out her name was Rebecca and that she was the young lady God had placed on my heart for the past month and half. I apologized for not speaking up when I saw her on our chemo day back in July. She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer back in June. So thankful to find out we share a common bond in Jesus and were able to share our stories with each other. Funny thing is, we both live in Bentonville and had to drive to Fayetteville to finally meet. This past Thursday when my white blood cell counts were so low and I tried to talk the nurse out of giving me shots, God knew all along that I would finally get another chance to meet Rebecca. People can say it was a coincidence but I can say I serve a very personable God that answered a specific prayer for me even when I tried to redirect His path and tell the nurse I really didn't need shots, God had other plans for me. Rebecca has 3 young children and attends Grace Point Church here in Bentonville.

Me and Rebecca

I met another lady at lunch today named Amy. She is going through chemo and has one more round. She sat behind me and Jordan and I was trying to decide if I should speak to her, but after my second chance today, I decided if the thought is there, I better not miss out on speaking to someone. I feel God has given me a platform to share Him more now than ever, and I don't want to live with regrets. I found another reason it's great being bald. I dropped mustard accidentally on my shirt and I feel people are more distracted by my head, they didn't notice my messed up shirt. :)

"Today is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Rebecca, I love this story and the fact that you have such a sensitive heart. I'm so glad I found your blog, I'm inspired each time I stop by. I have been to your area of Ark. several times this year and will be coming back in Oct. for the War Eagle Festival. We have dear, dear friends that live in Springdale and we come to see them. Perhaps on one of my visits our paths can cross. My friend there in Springdale fought a long and hard battle with breast cancer 4 years ago. She is doing well now but has checkups frequently. Blessings to you as you continue on this difficult journey.