He Was There All the Time by Alexa Olson
He Was There All the Time!
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
A few years ago, after a regular mammogram, I was told there was a suspicious lump and I needed a biopsy. I was given the dreaded news it was indeed cancerous. Arrangements were made and I had surgery to remove the lump.
I had adopted two babies at the age of 52, was a busy pastor’s wife, as well as music minister of our church. I just could not afford to be out of commission for long! So I had surgery on a Thursday before Easter and I was sitting on the organ and leading choir that Easter Sunday of 2012. Only family and church staff knew I had been through surgery. I didn’t want anyone to know. I recovered and went on with my life.
In March 2017, I noticed a lesion on the scar from my surgery. I went to my doctor hoping he could fix it. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, “Honey, that is cancer!” I said, “The devil is a liar.” He immediately called a fellow surgeon in, and a biopsy was done right there. The labs came back as cancer, but they believed it could be removed. I made an appointment with a surgeon.
As my husband and I sat waiting for the surgeon to come in, I felt calm and that God was in control. When the surgeon came in, she said my breast cancer had metastasized to my bones in multiple places. I was Stage IV, and it had been there about two years. “I am sorry I cannot help you, but you can manage it,” she said. That was it; she and her assistant walked out. My husband and I looked at each other like “what just happened?” But I did not feel fear. I had confidence God was going to take care of me.
My son wanted me to get a second opinion. Through this doctor I learned of a new drug that had just been released. Through a series of events, I was able to receive this new, and very expensive, medicine – free. A miracle! I felt such peace that God was going to see me through. Eight months after taking this drug my tests showed no tumors. My wellness did not happen in an instant, but God orchestrated a miracle and ordered my steps to receive it.
“And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it” (Acts 4:14).
Note: Alexa Olson, along with her husband Rick Olson, pastors Church of Pentecost in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also the music minister and enjoys leading a talented choir. Alexa has four children and three grandchildren. She is one of five daughters of Reverend William R. and June Starr.
(FROM: Ladies Prayer Intl October 2019 – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org)