Jenny and I have been friends since 2nd grade and we did everything together. Seventh grade was no exception (in fact, it was probably the extreme). While I was crushing on Eric, Jenny was crushing on Jeremy. Another first year bible school student, there was no chance for Jenny’s 7th grade crush to materialize. But boy was Jeremy worth crushing on. In addition to being cute and loving Jesus, he could sing and he could passionately talk about Jesus for hours. I’ll never forget one of the youth group retreats that year when Jeremy sang a song at the talent show that put all the girls in tears. (I’m pretty sure that was the same retreat that Jenny and I got in a HUGE fight.) And he spoke for one of the sessions. The only thing I remember him saying is that we often give God our fist. We hold tightly to things, people and situations, not fully trusting God to take care of us. We tell God he can hold our fist, but we won’t open it up and give him our hands. We have to trust God enough to open our hands and let him hold the stuff we’ve been holding.
Well my crush certainly didn’t last. Jenny’s? Well...hers did. I’ll never forget when she told me senior year of high school that she and Jeremy had been dating. I thought a 7 year difference was insane, but she was in love. She had fallen in love with an amazing man of God. Two years later, they were married.
They have been an amazing couple, completely relying on the Lord for their every move, thought, and breath. He has sustained them through many ups and downs in their short ten years of marriage. As told in his CaringBridge overview,
since 2003 / crohn’s at first / cured of cancer (lymphoblastic lymphoma)
at 28 in 2005, treated through 2007 / two years of chemo for five years
of life, with a muddled mess left in its wake: chronic back pain, fibromyalgia,
a skin cancer / and in the fall of 2011: treatment-induced MDS, demanding
bones be reborn / so spring of 2012: a hematopoietic myeloablative
allogenic bone marrow transplant / nonetheless a husband, nonetheless
a dad, nonetheless convinced there is a good God both wise and
strong and intimately involved.”
But we don’t need Jeremy to be healed to bring glory to God.
His glory will be there no matter what.” - Jenny
my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance. Therefore my heart is glad and
my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.”
- Psalm 16:5-6, 9
(This song just came on iTunes and it just seemed too good not to share. Close your eyes and worship Him.)