It amazed us that people were so interested in Jesse’s story. We started sending emails out to friends and family begging them to pray when Jesse ingested e.coli back in 2008. We emailed daily from the hospital for almost six months as he lost his kidneys, pancreas, some bowel and fought for his life. Somehow, we’ve just kept sending updates. Except now they have become more for me than anyone else.
I expected to chronicle how the Saviour our family loves answered prayers for Jesse. Instead, what I have found is I am chronicling how Jesus has revealed himself to me through these hardships with Jesse.
We all have fires. We do. Life is hard. I am so imperfect. Though I have seen a Mighty God with me in the fire, I walk out of it changed …. and keep sinning.
But I also keep seeking. The writing-down of it has made me take the time to make myself notice God’s presence here with us, and to remember.
Maybe the time between my displeasing God and my repenting of it is shorter than it was before. I hope so. But I don’t know for sure. All I know is that by looking at these pictures of Jesus on my own personal Jesse Tree, I am not what I was before.
Thanks so much for your love. The prayers of God’s people on Jesse’s behalf have availed much. God is faithful and loving and never have we felt His presence and power more than in the midst of these agonies.
It’s years on since that first email. We have a better picture. And I praise Him for that storm!