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Dancin’ With the One Who Brung Ya

March 17, 2020

My apologies for the vernacular, but you get it, right?

Good.

My late husband, my sweet Sam, was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. One surgery and little tiny radioactive seeds implanted.

Done.

Moved on…

Then came the diagnosis of colon cancer in 2010, which the doctor said had been around since, you guessed it, 2006.

Why didn’t they check everything they could? He might still be here today. Why didn’t I do more to advocate for him? The questions are myriad, and the answer always remains true (see below).

Sometime during the years between 2010 and 2014, Sam endured at least three surgeries, two meant some time in ICU post-procedure.

(And yes, it’s hard looking back at all of this)

After one difficult surgery, as my friend Darlene and I leaned as close as we could to Sam past all the wires and tubes to give him a touch on the arm and a smooch, a kind RN hovered nearby.

Sam and I decided at the outset to share our faith through this journey with everyone the Lord brought with us. I looked at the RN and told her we are Christians.

She said, “Years ago, I went through a bad time with my brother. I told him, ‘I choose to trust God.’”

I have carried that simple yet profound encouragement with me through the years while Sam was here and now during my remaining time on this earth.

I choose to trust the One who created me—who created all of us.

It’s a scary time for everyone right now. But we need not fear. God has us.

David danced before the Lord with all his might in times of peace and in times of war (2 Samuel 6:14). Why not do the same? 

We fight so many things in this world:

sin

enemies

hunger

idols

injustice

coronavirus…

This list could go on for pages. 

But we, as God’s children, are chosen. We are saved. We are to address “one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19-20)

What goes better with singing than dancing?

So, in this time of epidemics and pandemics, remember that this was not a surprise to our heavenly Father. 

Nothing ever is. 

For He is omniscient. 

Go ahead, dance with the One who brung ya. 

The One we choose to trust.

And as we dance, know that He is right here with us, carrying us through everything.

Everything.

  1. I love this so much!! Thanks for sharing such a personal story with us and encouraging us with these important truths! I’m dancing with the One who brung me! Amen!!

  2. What a touching story, Lisa. I’m sorry for your loss but through the story comes much hope and a beautiful testimony for God’s glory. Thank you for your sharing it. Blessings!

  3. That was a very nice read. Never realized how much he and went through. Sam would be proud. Sam and you will always be in my heart. 🙏🙏🙏

  4. I love the idea of singing and dancing with God as we choose to trust Him. Thank you for sharing a tender story and powerful truth.

    1. Yes! Although he is the only One I would choose to let see/hear me dance and sing sometimes. LOL
      Thanks, dear Jeannie!

  5. Amen and amen. I can picture our bridegroom extending his hand, leaning in, and saying to us, “May I have the pleasure of this dance?”

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