I was reminded of this verse last night right after praying for Susana. She is amazing! She was in a lot of pain because of her mouth sores, which are now causing some blood. She is in so much constant pain now that she has to be hooked up to a morphine pump. Anyway, she was not feeling well at all, and so I asked to pray for her, to which she absolutely never refuses. That girl loves God so much and believes in His power.
So, As I am praying fervently over her and asking the Lord to take away her pain and just bring comfort and healing to her, she interrupts me and whispers, “and remember to pray for Daisy Love too.” Daisy Love is a five year old girl who lives in California, whom we never even met, but learned of her own battle with cancer through the internet. Susana and Isabela both pray for this girl all the time. Maybe some day, we will all have the privilege of meeting.
But here’s what amazes me about Susana. Here she is spitting up blood and in constant pain and suffering, yet when I go to pray for her, she is not thinking just about herself, but about others who are also in pain. And perhaps Susana, out of all of us, can be truly empathetic for Daisy Love because she knows what she is going through.
I was greatly affected by her gesture. It humbled me and convicted me. I mean, here I am sometimes being so caught up in my own pain throughout this ordeal that I don’t have time or energy to think about praying for other people’s needs. And yet, here is my daughter who is experiencing more pain than I ever have, yet is thinking and praying for another little girl whom we never even met. Wow!
And so, I was reminded of that verse in Psalm 8 that says, “From the lips of children you have ordained praise.”
Susana is still right on track according to the doctors. Hopefully, she will start producing some white blood cells within the next few days, and this will cause her to turn a corner rather quickly. Once she produces white blood cells, the mouth sores will go away. But then she will probably experience some pain as her bone marrow starts to grow back. This will cause just basic pain in her bones which she will be given basic ibuprofen for rather than morphine. So, she will still experience some pain, but it should not be nearly as bad as what she has endured this past week. And I’m sure that through it all, she will still be lifting up our friend Daisy Love to the throne of God.
I have been doing better. This morning, I just got on my knees and wept before the Lord. I was in the hospital room and I just didn’t care who walked in. My heart has been so overwhelmed lately and I just needed to unload my burden. It was good to be before the Lord and experience His presence. There is a strength that I need that can come from no other place, but before His throne. I shall go there more often.