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ANOTHER WAITING ROOM
10/11/2019 9:36:00 AM by: Leona Choy

Nearly 30 years ago this week, I was waiting for the results of my cancer lab tests, MRIs, CTs, X-rays, biopsies and a lot of other -oscopies. It was 1990. FULL CIRCLE—I am in a similar “waiting room” today anticipating the results of my current lab tests again.

In 1990 I was only 65 years old. When the lab tests were read, the diagnosis was lung cancer. I went through major surgery and a long recovery for a removal of a third of my right lung.

Afterward, my Christian surgeon replied to my question about prospects for my recovery and future, “If God is still working out His unique purpose for your life and is not finished, then you will survive to the 5 year milestone—and further, until He has completed His plan for your life.” Wise words.

God has lovingly and generously given me nearly 30 more years to date to continue His Kingdom work while walking daily and joyfully in fellowship with Him. “MY CUP OVERFLOWS!”

Now I am in ANOTHER WAITING ROOM anticipating lab test results again and asking the same question of the Lord. My heart posture is the same, at peace—but my “earth suit” is 30 years older, and the options for the future have narrowed. Nevertheless, my desire for God's will to be done in and through me is constant. I am not “arm wrestling” God for more earth time. That's not my call.My hands are open to receive whatever He gives. In either case, His will is good and acceptable to me and the best is yet to come after my “earth suit” wears out.

Of course, I would gladly accept a lab report that would allow me more time to keep pressing on with the opportunities and physical capability to present still more spiritual fruit to the Lord in return for His lavish gift of longevity, which I didn't expect. I think I understand the Apostle Paul's conclusion, with which I agree, (Philippians 1:21-26) that it is a win-win situation either way.

In fact, among my friends I have an unusually large number who are also in their current waiting rooms and likewise awaiting the results of lab reports or the prognosis of doctors. I pray for each one by name since I understand their anxiety.

Let's agree on another perspective: that there is a “natural” medical prognosis and a “supernatural” prognosis. The latter is the REAL one. God has a good and perfect and unique plan for each of our lives which He is working out in His own Eternal Timeline. That includes supernatural healing in whatever way God chooses.

Let's agree to TRUST Him while we wait patiently each in his or her personal WAITING ROOM and praying for each other.


Comments

Therese Briggs From Oregon At 10/14/2019 3:32:47 PM

Amen Leona... Our home is not here but we await it in the Heavenly Kingdom of God to come! May you continue to find eace and joy during the waiting period on earth and look forward to the life to come for all Eternity with Christ Our Lord. That is our prayer for each of us. God loves us so much!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Joyce Stellema From Ohio At 10/13/2019 10:29:30 PM

Dear Leona since meeting you in the early spring with my two granddaughters I have come to appreciate your writings and insights. Will be praying. Hope there is much more to come.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Thank you for your prayers and our new friendship.

John White From Virginia At 10/13/2019 10:42:40 AM

“If God is still working out His unique purpose for your life and is not finished, then you will survive to the 5 year milestone—and further, until He has completed His plan for your life.” Wise words. What wonderful counsel from your surgeon!!!!! It's totally in His hands, just as Ps. 139 says.

Reply by: Leona Choy

My surgeon's wise words nearly 30 years ago survived him and can apply to us all whenever we are tempted to be "anxious about our life."

Lindsay Van Sicklen From Arkadelphia, Arkansa At 10/12/2019 6:25:09 PM

Leona, Joined in prayer as you wait. Love your perspective. You’re one of God’s role models as I seek to age gracefully.

Wilaura Sue Bradshaw From Oregon At 10/12/2019 2:24:05 PM

At 93, I, too, am in God's waiting room on earth, but eagerly "waiting" to enter Heaven where my dear husband, two brother/siblings, parents, 4 grandparents, are waiting for me up yonder! I am not sure just "why" God still wants me down here, but I will trust Him daily for His leading!

Reply by: Leona Choy

The answer to your "why" we are still here is clear from the apostle Paul's words in Phil. 1:21-25. We share his mandate to "help believers grow and find joy in their faith." God planted you right where you are for His purposes.

Ray&Meredyth Witmer From Lancaster, Pa. At 10/12/2019 11:44:34 AM

Good morning, Leona: I have enjoyed reading your writings you have been posting. It was so good to get reacquainted with you again a couple years ago when you were at Ambassadors for Christ and we stopped in to see you Sun. eve. We trust you will soon get reports and pray the Lord's peace upon you

Reply by: Leona Choy

I receive your thoughts and prayers. My bond with your parents is ever in my heart.

Donna Gideon From Cedar Rapids Iowa At 10/12/2019 10:40:16 AM

Thoughts and prayers from your Iowa Family (Rompots)

Reply by: Leona Choy

I hope we can stay more closely connected. Thanks for your prayers and give my hug to your Dad.

Mary Taylor From Colorado At 10/12/2019 9:30:49 AM

Sending prayers, love and hugs. Mary Frances

Reply by: Leona Choy

Truly appreciate you concern

Louise Looney From TX At 10/12/2019 6:38:50 AM

It is the Lord's timing. I pray for my own life, it will be His timing when He will call me home. Not a minute too soon, nor a minute too late. I would like for you to be around for quite some time, but place it all in God's hand. May His will be done.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Amen, good buddy!

Lee Self From Fairy At 10/12/2019 6:30:07 AM

Love you Leona, and praying for you during this time. I thank God for your life and those extra 30 years so I could meet you. I know he will continue to use you mightily. My God will meet all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus!

Reply by: Leona Choy

If it is His will for "me to stick around," as one translation of the Phil. 1:21-25 offers, the apostle Paul spelled out what he believed was God's purpose for him--and for us. Thank you for your prayers.

Schola Frisinger From Bruce, WI At 10/12/2019 5:39:43 AM

Dear Mrs. Choy: Thank you for sharing your thoughts... May we all TRUST in Him and be at peace. I wish I could meet with you in person in the near future. We still haven't met despite how many opportunities we had. Therefore, I pray you make it to over 100 - in good health! Amen.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I too hope we will meet soon. Thanks for your prayers.

Carol Hopfensperger From Denver At 10/12/2019 5:27:50 AM

Really enjoyed this outlook. Prayers for peace and strength. Love, Carol

Reply by: Leona Choy

Thank you, Carol.

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