Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Spirit of Discovery

Discovery is a good thing. If it weren’t for those pilgrims who had the spirit of adventure, we would still be sitting somewhere in Europe sipping tea and eating crumpets. (What are crumpets?) 
I have a friend who LOVES the Discovery Channel...
She often enriches us by sharing many valuable pieces of information she has learned from watching it. Gleaning from what others have done through their adventures in various areas of exploration is a blessing indeed.
The definition of discovery is: to find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search.
Some discoveries lead to thrilling outcomes, others can be disappointing.

August 29th, as mentioned on my first blog, revealed a disappointing discovery for me. 
Since then, we have been on an expedition to discover God’s will in treatment.
Firstly, by seeing two different doctors and praying for God to reveal which direction He would have us to go in 
Having done that this week, we feel the Lord has clearly led us to The U of A Cancer Center.
Our doctor there is an explorer! And, she needs to make more discoveries to chart her course.
Please pray that the procedures she is ordering will be physically possible and then, that they would yield just the right information she needs.To get specific for all you science buffs, there are specific genetics marker that greatly determine what direction to go. Getting that material is of upmost importance. But, it is in an awkward place in my lung.
However, I am fearfully and wonderfully made by an awesome Creator! ( Psalm 139)
And please pray for our doctor in general. 
Discovering God’s will is a daily adventure.
What are some ways we can have confidence we are heading in the right direction?
1.God is a God of hope.
If someone serves you a plate of hopelessness with a dash of grim despair, don’t eat it! Turn to the One who lifts your head. No matter the circumstance, He will lead you by giving your hope. The enemy is the one who tries to steal that away. Don’t let him.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

2.God is a God of peace
One of the specific ways that God leads His children is through a sense of His peace. Not a temporary rush of emotion, but an abiding sense of certainty and confidence. 
If you are committed to seeking then following God’s will, and you have anxiety and restlessness when considering a decision option, that is not the way to go
Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts..”
The word “rule” here means “umpire” or referee”. God’s peace will be a factor that will lead you to call the right shot in any plans.

3.God is a God of love
1 John 4:8 tells us that ...God is love”.  
Where He is leading, you will have assurance of His good and loving intentions towards you. 
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
                                  Romans 8:35-39
Today, may we all seek and discover Him in an even greater way then ever before. Finding Him is a discovery that will never disappoint!
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, 
and show you great and mighty things,
 which you do not know.Jeremiah. 33:3


  1. Excellent choice and I will be praying for the doctor as she helps present options to you and Robert. Having spent more than 30 years in the medical field and working with many doctors, your team at the U of A Cancer Center are among the best. Still praying for you as always, JoAnn

  2. When I find God's will, it is always so perfect with peace and direction. I know that your decision to go to the U of A Cancer Center is God-directed, and He has plans for your being there...maybe to lead several to the Lord. I love Jeremiah 33:3. God is ALWAYS faithful when we call to Him. Praying for you and Robert and your kids as God shows you hope, gives you peace, and bathes you all in His love.