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Update #7: Heart Check

Tonight is simply a heart check. There hasn’t been much news. Still calling doctors. Still making connections. I could possibly be heading down to Houston for second opinions. We’ll see.

My stress level has been high, even when I don’t realize it. It’s almost as if the state of life right now has reached normalcy. I know, hard to believe. But it’s true on some level. My little sister commented, wondering if Shan and I ever do anything normal. As if to answer the question, our water heater broke this week. Shannon and I took cold showers, leading us to check the water heater, which was spewing water everywhere. It needed replacing. I was painting with my good friend Tyler later that day. He honored me by requesting permission to ask a personal question. Once permitted, he shared his heart, “Luke, after your water heater crashed this morning, I began wondering what God is doing with you. Do you ever wonder that?”

It actually caught me by surprise. No wonder life had become “normal”. I had forgotten to ask that question. Perhaps God allowed the water heater to break simply so that I would dialogue with Him again. In the midst of dealing with surgery, cancer, doctors, phone calls, starting work, packing the old house, painting the new house, and trying to relate to my wife…all of that became normal and I stopped relating to God.

I should elaborate a bit more. It became ordinary on the outside. On the inside I’m actually a slowly building flame of gas with a box of fireworks nearby. Whenever the wind slightly blows, a couple M-90’s explode. Anger has been my first reaction to most things. Small things. A CD with x-rays didn’t properly get sent from one hospital to another. I was furious, ready to take it out on anyone. We have to make a trip to the new house to drop some clothes off. More M-90’s with some bottle rockets mixed in.

It’s actually good to write this. It helps me to stop and think. And breathe. And maybe give up a little so God’s knocks on my door can be answered. I want to be lighter, more free, and more loving. But this is where I am now. Pray that the 4th of July doesn’t last long in me. For my sake and the people’s around me.

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6 responses to “Update #7: Heart Check

  1. Gill August 15, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Will be praying Luke. Keep talking to those closest to you and praying – it helps.

  2. Ted Ancelet August 15, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Luke you and Shannon are in our prayers and thoughts. Your transparency has been a blessing to me and others. I wish I could be there to sit across from you and enjoy conversation and coffee.

  3. Heidi French August 15, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Ya’ll,
    I’ve been moved by this recent event in your lives and by your writings…it reminds me to cherish today what God has given me in Jeff, my family and friends…and to reverence God who is not safe but is good though I do not understand his ways.

    Luke, I’m curious if you’ve ever thought about being a writer? Perhaps God is shaping you for this?

    There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think and pray for the two of you. Love, Heidi

  4. Tom and Shirley August 17, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Luke — this is your cousin Shirley in Uniontown, OH. I was so interested in reading your journey — and please be assured that we will continue to pray. Isn’t it great to be able to trust in the sovereignty of our loving God?
    We’ll be watching for your updates.
    We love you. Shannon too, even though we haven’t met.

  5. Xan August 19, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Luke, I just read through the news. I am humbled by your approach to entering this place. We were never meant to deal with this. Richard Rohr says a young man needs to cry over the world he cannot change, yet tries. I know there are battles we are to win, and overcome, and I join with you, as you enter that arena. And sad for what dark places you must enter. You are a brave man, keep strong. Fight for what is yours. And may his resurrection be near the suffering. You are a witness to many, dear brother.

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