I know many of you have been praying for my 25 year old daughter-in-law, Jaime who unexpectedly had a 20 hour brain surgery to remove a massive tumor, just 7 weeks after giving premature birth to her first child. Jaime is married to my son Josh.
Please forgive this impersonal email from the hospital waiting room, but it is the quickest way to thank all of you who have written to our family. My weekly newsletter to our church family is below. I’m sending it to you since there are several items you’d be interested in as a pastor. God bless you dear friend and co-worker in Christ.
NO SUCH THING AS LONG-RANGE PLANNING!
-When life throws you a curve-ball, like our sudden discovery of Jaime’s brain tumor, we realize once again that much of our schedule is often beyond our control. Unforeseen crises prove the futility of long range planning. No one but God knows the future. While the Bible tells us that we ought to prepare for the future, no one can predict the future. No one. As Jeremiah said, “Lord, I know that a person’s life doesn’t really belong to him. No one can control his own life.” Jeremiah 10:23 (NCV) The Living Bible translation says it this way: O Lord, I know it is not within the power of man to map his life and plan his course.”
The godly way to plan is scenario planning – having the attitude of, “We’ll do this…IF such and such happens…” This is the kind of planning that the Bible recommends: “Instead, you ought to say, “IF it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:15 (NIV)
Thanks for your prayers for Jaime. She is an incredibly strong woman, refusing self-pity, fighting back, and making progress everyday in her recovery. I cancelled all my commitments through this weekend (including speaking at the White House yesterday) so I can stay with Josh and Jaime. In life or death situations with your kids, I would expect you to do the same. We are still awaiting the pathology report to tell us what kind of brain tumor it was. You can click here for a video update on Jaime’s condition. Also, I encourage you to visit the CaringBridge website, where you can read and write comments to Jaime. THANK YOU for loving my family.-Pastor Rick Warren