This week was a week of ups and downs. Thursday, we got a call from the radiation doctor saying that they had met as a team of doctors and discussed Matt's case. The doctor was calling to tell us that she felt Matt should go see an oncologist about getting chemotherapy as well as the radiation. This was not welcomed news. Matt was not happy. He began praying asking God why would he possibly need to do both. Several hours after the original phone call, the doctor called back and said after speaking to the oncologist, the didn't think he needed to have chemo. Whew! What a relief!
Friday Matt went down to the radiation office where he had a CT scan and was fitted for his mask. This mask keeps his face/head from moving at all. It will be bolted to the table during the treatment. He had to wear it for 15 minutes or so during the CT scan. A whole hour later, you could still see the imprint from the tight fitting mesh. From here, we have to wait a week for the CT scan results and our insurance to approve the treatments. He is scheduled to start treatment on April 14.
Matt preached this morning for the first time since surgery. He was so excited and did very well as he always does (although I may be a bit partial). At the end of the service his incision site was rock hard and swollen. This afternoon he felt rough and took it easy.
I am not sure why God has allowed this trial in our lives. I am not sure why Matt, the happiest person I know, has to go through this. I may never know this side of Heaven. This is a passage of Scripture that has been especially encouraging.
Isaiah 40: 3-5
"In the desert place, prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountian and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the GLORY of the Lord will be revealed and all mankind will see it...."
Praise the Lord that one day, the glory of the Lord will be revealed! Our lives don't come trial-free, but Isaiah told the people--"Prepare to see God work!!" God is going to continue to do great and mighty things through Matt's life. What a day that will be to see the glory of the Lord revealed!