“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 NKJV
Last Wednesday night my two boys hugged their grandpa as we were leaving their cousins house. It’s been a regular routine for them – they hug their papa and grandma when we leave their presence. But, little did my kids know the hug they shared could have possibly been their last. Their papa was about to have risky surgery the next day to remove his cancer.
Their papa is an incredible man. Not only is he a great grandpa to my kids, but he’s the father-in-law that you could only dream of having. He has lived a life of service, and will always put himself second to everyone else and their needs. He’s a farmer. Like all farmers – they work their tails off for the benefit of everyone else. They put countless hours of work in so that households across the world will have food on their plates. Really when I think of Jim Kjos (Papa) – the phrase that continues to pop into my mind is “he provides.”
Without a doubt he provides. He provides support. He provides love. He provides an inspiration that is contagious, and let me tell you – he has inspired my two little boys beyond belief.
This past summer he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Doctors gave him two to five years to live and told him that his cancer was not operational. He began to undergo chemo treatments and did so for many months. It must be noted that these chemo treatments came during the peak farming period but they didn’t stop him. He provided when his body told him not to. He rolled out of bed when it would have been much easier to fall back asleep. When his body was telling him to NOT give another inch, he gave a mile.
About a month ago he was given the option by a second doctor to undergo surgery to try and remove most of the cancer. He was told that without the surgery he would have months to live. The surgery was going to be risky; a 50% chance of survival. Without a blink of an eye and caution being tossed at him from all around – he decided to undergo the surgery. A surgery that would last 10-12 hours.
The prayer chain that had started back when he was first diagnosed began to grow much larger and stronger. People that didn’t even know him prayed for him day after day after day. The Shiloh community that I’m a part of lifted him up in prayer each and every day. My family and I prayed for papa every night before we went to bed.
We prayed even harder the day of the surgery. Anticipation and nervousness surrounded the family as we waited to hear the first report from the doctor. Shortly after 9 am – we received the first report. The doctor told the family that the cancer was not as bad as they had first thought. Each report after for the next 10 hours was better and better. Finally just before the surgery was complete the doctor visited the family and told us that he believed to have extracted all of the cancer. Not only that, he believed that papa has a very good chance to beat this cancer all together.
The power of prayer is amazing. God provides support. He provides love, and he continues to provide us inspiration. He tells us to cast all of our worries on him. As the verse at the top of this blog post states “if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Really when I think of God – the phrase that continues to pop into my mind is “he provides.”
“Cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
God does care for you. We all have stories that are similar to the one above. Each day we deal with pressure and anxiety. We have loved ones that are sick and we have loved ones that we have lost. Throw your worries to the lord and trust in his will.
“I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious Hero and give you a feast!” Psalm 91:15 TPT
I appreciate that God continues to give me a feast. I also appreciate that papa will also be able to continue his work and give everyone a feast. Please continue the prayers for this amazing man. He has many more great things to offer to this world and certainly has many more hugs to offer my children. He is not out of the woods but he has certainly cut down many of the trees with his bare hands. His recovery could take longer and his cancer may come back, but round 1 goes to papa.
|Papa and Grandma with all the grandkids.