Day 65-13 – Dealing with Setbacks

As we near the end of the second week at Randall we have so much to be thankful for. The improvement has been steady and striking. Justus arrived thirteen days ago needing a lot of respiratory help, not able to move any limbs for the most part, swelling still obvious in his head, trouble tracking past mid-line and still on a couple of pain meds. Today, he’s improved in virtually every area and is completely off his pain medication without any withdrawal symptoms. I remember a time when it seemed like every new report was worse than the last… so disheartening. These last couple of weeks, it has been the opposite; every day has been more improvement.

Unfortunately today Justus had his first setback in a while, nothing serious, but a setback nonetheless. It appears he’s developing a cold. So today he’s been coughing and sneezing. He’s thrown up several times and respiratory has had to come help him clear more than they were. After 13 days of steady improvement, it’s understandably disappointing. Again, so similar to our own walk with Jesus and our own life journey. When we start to figure out some things, when God begins answering prayers, when things start to improve it’s exciting and encouraging. But as sure as I am that storms are in everyone’s future… I’m equally positive everyone will have setbacks. There’s no avoiding them. The only question is what are you going to do when they happen.

We knew Justus couldn’t just be on an upward trajectory forever. We’ve prayed that God would heal him instantly, and that would have been awesome. But God has chosen instead to heal him through the process of rehabilitation. We have been blessed by how well it has gone for so many days. Now we get to decide how we face this setback.

It helps to remember a few things when it comes to setbacks (any type of setback):
• The enemy loves to use setbacks to discourage us
• The enemy loves to discourage others with our setbacks (#TeamJustus – don’t be discouraged… the moon is still round; I know none of you are discourage, but it’s a good reminder for future setbacks)
• It’s easy to get fearful when setbacks occur (you start to think, “What if this keeps getting worse?”) –when in doubt… Trust God!
• Don’t make the mistake of blaming others or even God – setbacks happen.
• Put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6) – Remember where the battle takes place.
• And finally (obviously there are more)… and you’ll love this one… PRAY! Which #TeamJustus is very good at.

I could go on and on, but I’m choosing to use Justus’ setback as a reminder for me to not let setbacks set me back! Just like I’m encouraging Justus’ mom and dad, I must encourage myself and you; remain faithful and trust God. I mentioned some prayer requests last night that have come through #TeamJustus. I was reminded of another…

Virginia Rose – Refractory AML – For her story click here https://www.facebook.com/virginiarosescancersupportpage?fref=ts

Tonight’s picture was taken yesterday of Justus’ music therapy session that Amaya joined him in. What a blessing those musicians are. Would you please remember to pray for them as they help to awaken that singer inside. Hopefully it won’t be long before they are back playing and singing with Justus. It’s hard to have a setback, when you’re listening to their genuine love for music and for kids.

As we near the end of the second week at Randall we have so much to be thankful for. The improvement has been steady and striking. Justus arrived thirteen days ago needing a lot of respiratory help, not able to move any limbs for the most part, swelling still obvious in his head, trouble tracking past mid-line and still on a couple of pain meds. Today, he’s improved in virtually every area and is completely off his pain medication without any withdrawal symptoms. I remember a time when it seemed like every new report was worse than the last… so disheartening. These last couple of weeks, it has been the opposite; every day has been more improvement.

Unfortunately today Justus had his first setback in a while, nothing serious, but a setback nonetheless. It appears he’s developing a cold. So today he’s been coughing and sneezing. He’s thrown up several times and respiratory has had to come help him clear more than they were. After 13 days of steady improvement, it’s understandably disappointing. Again, so similar to our own walk with Jesus and our own life journey. When we start to figure out some things, when God begins answering prayers, when things start to improve it’s exciting and encouraging. But as sure as I am that storms are in everyone’s future… I’m equally positive everyone will have setbacks. There’s no avoiding them. The only question is what are you going to do when they happen.

We knew Justus couldn’t just be on an upward trajectory forever. We’ve prayed that God would heal him instantly, and that would have been awesome. But God has chosen instead to heal him through the process of rehabilitation. We have been blessed by how well it has gone for so many days. Now we get to decide how we face this setback.

It helps to remember a few things when it comes to setbacks (any type of setback):
• The enemy loves to use setbacks to discourage us
• The enemy loves to discourage others with our setbacks (#TeamJustus – don’t be discouraged… the moon is still round; I know none of you are discourage, but it’s a good reminder for future setbacks)
• It’s easy to get fearful when setbacks occur (you start to think, “What if this keeps getting worse?”) –when in doubt… Trust God!
• Don’t make the mistake of blaming others or even God – setbacks happen.
• Put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6) – Remember where the battle takes place.
• And finally (obviously there are more)… and you’ll love this one… PRAY! Which #TeamJustus is very good at.

I could go on and on, but I’m choosing to use Justus’ setback as a reminder for me to not let setbacks set me back! Just like I’m encouraging Justus’ mom and dad, I must encourage myself and you; remain faithful and trust God. I mentioned some prayer requests last night that have come through #TeamJustus. I was reminded of another…

Virginia Rose – Refractory AML – For her story click here https://www.facebook.com/virginiarosescancersupportpage?fref=ts

Tonight’s picture was taken yesterday of Justus’ music therapy session that Amaya joined him in. What a blessing those musicians are. Would you please remember to pray for them as they help to awaken that singer inside. Hopefully it won’t be long before they are back playing and singing with Justus. It’s hard to have a setback, when you’re listening to their genuine love for music and for kids.