God is good. It sure is easy to believe that when things turn out how I like. But when disappointments come, I tend to forget, focusing instead on how I can escape the pain. I can’t imagine the disappointment Trent Fruetel faced about a month ago when he learned he had stage 4 cancer in his appendix. Today’s post is Trent’s own assessment of his cancer. There’s no pity-seeking here. Instead, you’ll find one of the most honest understandings of the goodness of God that I have ever read, and I just had to share it with you. I hope it encourages you as much as it did me.
Update 10/26/2013: Trent’s wife Elizabeth writes in her blog: “It appears that the end of this path may be in sight.” See her full post for details, and please be in prayer for Trent, Elizabeth, and their whole family.
Update 10/29/2013: Elizabeth writes in her latest post: “Things have not changed a lot in the past few days. … God’s grace is sustaining us through these days. He strengthens us when we have no strength of our own.”
Update 10/31/2013: Elizabeth’s latest post includes: “Today, I brought Trent to a hospice facility. … It is God’s grace and peace that carry me through each day.”
Update 11/10/2013: Continue to pray for Elizabeth, Trent, and the family. Elizabeth writes: “Through all of the changes and difficulties, we still feel blessed. God has provided for all of our needs. He encourages us and strengthens us. He guides us and provides us with good counsel.”
Update 11/14/2013: “As uncertain as each day may feel, it is comforting to know that God holds each moment in His control.” From Elizabeth’s post today.
Update 11/24/2013: With Thanksgiving holidays approaching in the United States, Elizabeth explains: “For me, the past several months have been just that — a time to focus on and be thankful for the blessings.”
Update 12/6/2013: Today’s post from Elizabeth says, “At this stage of life, there isn’t even a small degree of what can be ‘reasonably expected’.”
Final Update 12/14/2013: Today’s news brings mixed emotions. Earlier this morning, Trent’s wish to be closer to his Savior was fully realized. Please continue to pray for Elizabeth and the family.
Thank you, Trent, for such a testimony of God’s grace. I hope I can see and share God’s love and goodness the same way you do.
(image credit: marija jure)