Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"We're Gonna Make It" - Thank You Anonymous

Many of you may know this, but the phrase that Lindsey and I often repeat to one another is "We're Gonna Make It."  When one of us seems to have lost hope the other will repeat this little refrain as a lighthearted reminder of our ultimate hope.  On days when it's unusually dark we ask one another "Are We Gonna Make It?" to which the reply is, YES - We're Gonna Make It. All that to say that TODAY this card came in the mail from an anonymous prayer warrior with "You Can Make It" on the cover...this is not random.

Inside this card was a letter - a full page typed letter of prayer and encouragement from a total stranger. She has been reading this blog for quite some time now - aching with our heart aches, crying for us, and interceding on our behalf. In her letter she states that when she read my post about Cash, Coffee and Sausage she wanted to "get in on the fun" so she sent $250 in cash IN THE MAIL! I'm including a picture so you know I'm not just making this up!
Praise GOD! Glory to God! I'm so touched by this woman who obeyed the impulse God put on her heart and literally mailed us cash. Perhaps even more moving to me is that people we don't know are reading our story and praying for us - getting our back and standing with us. We so need that. We so need to not be alone in this. Today was a reminder that we are not. I'm once again stunned. God is once again clearly declaring - I GOT YOU.

We needed this especially today. Why today? Because today we've felt worried and terrified.
Today Eliana had more seizures. She hasn't had seizures for many months but this morning they occurred on and off for about 15 minutes. We both just feel sick about it.

Also the last three nights Eliana has been waking up in the middle of the night with restless legs that she says "itch". She literally writhes in bed trying to get comfortable. Two of the three nights she's been unable to go back to sleep - which means her day has been starting around 3:00 or 4:00AM.

On Friday we have Eliana's follow up MRI - I'm glad we have it already on the calender for this week. PLEASE PRAY for God's mercy over that whole process. Pray that they find nothing new or abnormal in her precious little brain.

Clearly God is mysteriously at work in all of our lives...and has been making Himself more and more obvious in the Wheeler home lately.

To the anonymous woman - thank you. Thank you for writing. Thank you for reading our blog. Thank you for taking action and sending us cash. We needed that. Thank you most for praying over us. Thank you for hoping for us. Thank you for your tears. Thank you for allowing God to use you. Thank you for your love. By the way I so respect you for not telling us who you are - that's so cool. You stated in your letter that you want God to get the glory - so here goes...

Thank you God for being YOU. Thank you God for showing up right when we need you. Thank you for taking such intimate care of our little lives. Thank you that you know our deepest needs and meet them in such beautiful ways. Thank you for leading this woman to represent you today! Thank you that you've got us and the "whole world in your hands."

I leave you all with the verse that the woman included in her letter of hope. They are the right words - so fitting for us today...

"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8

Grace and Peace
- Chris 

PS Eliana is still as precious and funny as ever...lately she's been walking into her school using her lady bug umbrella as a cane, wearing rain boots to her knees with her sequined purse slung cross body style. Ridiculous.


Lainie said...

Beautiful. Love you guys and pray for you daily.

Letitia said...

Wonderful encouragement! He IS a good God! Praying for you all.

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