As we continue to wind down towards Justus’ homecoming, it’s hard to not remember back to some of those darker days. You might remember this, “Don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light.” I’ve seen the quote credited to author Joseph Bayley. I don’t know if that is correct or not. Regardless it served as an important reminder when things were at their worst, to remember what we learned when life was at its best.
Tonight’s picture is a beautiful illustration of that truth. Before all of this happened to Justus, Jason, Justus’ father, was a God fearing man. I’m sure he’d be the first to say he isn’t perfect in his walk with the Lord, but he has trusted God with his life, his marriage and with his family. So when this storm hit his family, he prayed. And when that storm grew dark and cold, he really prayed. I can vividly remember when Justus was at his worse and the doctors had given us very little hope, walking into his room to find Jason on his knees praying for his little boy. An incredibly intimate moment, I wasn’t sure I’d ever share. As we near the end of this phase of Justus’ journey I asked Jason for permission to post this picture. We are so grateful to have him as our son-in-law and the father of our grandson. He’s done an amazing job of leading his family through this incredible storm.
With his son’s life in the balance, Jason remembered what he had learned in the light… God is able and God is good! I share that with you in hopes that when you find yourself in a storm you might picture this big Samoan dad, on his knees petitioning the Lord for his boy. When you find yourself in the storm, remember what I’m telling you in the light… God is able and God is good.
#TeamJustus has been a journey of prayer. I know some of you are in storms of your own right now. If you’re not, please know that storms are coming. I’m not trying to be a downer, but that’s the truth. We all go through storms… some big and some small. When your storms come remember #TeamJustus.
- Remember to pray! Not because it’s some magical incantation, but because it immediately acknowledges a right perspective between you and God.
- Remember to trust! God is good – even when we don’t understand what is going on… we can trust in a good God!
- Remember community! Don’t try to go through your storm alone. There are people that want to help divide the burden with you. From experience we can tell you the encouragement you get from knowing others are lifting you up to our Heavenly Father is invaluable.
Needless to say we are excited for Tuesday and a chance to take our little ninja home for good after 117 days! Please continue to pray for this transition and for Alyse and Jason as they adjust to the new normal. He continues to improve; he’s officially gone a week without any respiratory treatments. Please continue to pray for his mouth, eating again and his speech. We continue to pray for complete healing. Today we are still in this storm, albeit a much different season of that storm. Even so, we will remember what we learned in the light ~ God is able and God is good!
Our last daily post will be Thanksgiving Day, but don’t worry; we will still give you some periodic updates. Communities divide the sorrows, but we multiply the blessings. We are counting on #TeamJustus to help us celebrate all the milestones our little warrior hits along the road. So even though you won’t hear from me daily, you will hear from me. And yes, we have talked a lot about what it would look like to put Justus’ journey in a book. Again, we are praying about balancing the tension between the encouragement of #TeamJustus and respecting the family. So please pray for wisdom in the days to come. Thanks #TeamJustus. We love you.
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