Harder Family

Harder Family

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

One Year: God's Faithfulness

Lamentations 3:22-23 "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new  every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Psalms 36:5 "Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds."

(Right before leaving for surgery)

One year ago today I was waiting for Wayne to get out of surgery. It wasn't just any surgery, but brain surgery. As I look back a year ago, it feels like a dream...a bad dream. Yet despite how long and hard this day was (and the weeks leading up to surgery from when we discovered Wayne's tumor), it was the beginning of an amazing journey. It was the first day of many where we saw God do amazing things in Wayne's life. God is so good and so faithful!! 

(In the ICU after surgery)

We have seen countless answers to prayer, we have seen God's mighty healing hand-His Jehovah Rapha hand, we have seen God provide, and we have learned tremendous lessons while walking this journey. Would I have chosen this path to walk? Absolutely not, and yet I am thankful that God has allowed us to walk it because God has taught us so much. We have learned what an awesome, all-powerful God we serve. We have learned that we need to live each day to the fullest for God since none of us know how long we have here on earth. We have also learned to fully trust God and surrender our dreams and hopes to Him. He is sovereign and has a bigger plan in store, even if we can't see it. 

A year ago we were uncertain if Wayne would be able to walk and talk normal after surgery, if he would return to work...our future was unknown. Today Wayne is working normal busy season hours (which means crazy hours), takes family walks, rides his bike, he plays basketball, and has even preached. If you knew Wayne before, you will notice a few minor differences, but overall, God has brought him a complete healing! We are so thankful for how God has answered prayers!

I want to thank all of you for your prayers for Wayne and our family. Please continue to pray for us! Our next MRI is coming up next month. We rest knowing that God controls the future and we leave it in His hands. Instead of worrying about the "what ifs", we have decided to embrace each day that God gives us. We are excited to see what God has in store for us in the future as we completely surrender the future to Him!! 

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