God’s Presence is My Good

She stood next to me in the kitchen asking about my future. “You’ve heard the impossible. So many of us just go to routine appointments and scans and check-ups and assume all is fine, and we don’t think about the ones who get the phone call. But you were that one. You know what it’s like to pick up the phone and hear the impossible,” she said.

Those words rang in my ears all morning as I prepared for my scan today. Another scan. Another waiting period. Another limbo.

And while, as others have told me, I have no reason to think the breast cancer has returned, I also have no reason to think it hasn’t. I don’t mean that in a pessimistic way. It’s just the reality of life. My statistics aren’t very promising for the stage of cancer that it was, and I know that.

But more encouraging is that God knows that, and with God I’m not a statistic.

Yes, it’s another scan, another waiting period, another limbo. But it’s another opportunity to trust God. To have faith in the One Who knows me and loves me whether or not there’s cancer again.

God glimpses… reminders that He loves me.

The voicemail from Nat saying she loves me and she’s only a phone call away. Hugs from my mom, tears and understanding how fearful this all is. The phone call from Beth on the way to my appt. letting me know she’s in St. Louis but her heart is here. The email from a far away bloggy friend reminding me of truth, that she hasn’t forgotten and neither has God. She covered my heart with this verse:

Psalm 73:28 (NIV) “But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge…”

What she didn’t know is that this was a portion of Scripture that was read at our wedding years ago, and has been the heartbeat of our life. God is our refuge. God is our goodness. God is our life.

And no matter what the scan reveals in the next few days, God’s presence is my good

(Thank you, Donnetta!)

10 responses to “God’s Presence is My Good”

  1. ACK! Now you went and made me cry.

    “Coincidences” (I don’t think so) like this is the stuff God glimpses are truly made of. Of all the verses He directed me to that caused my own heart to pause, and to have it be this one…

    I’m so humbled that He allowed me to be used as a reminder to your heart of Him and so glad I followed His prompting!

    You have no idea how much sharing this has meant to my own heart…

    Continuing to pray with and for you in the waiting…


  2. Sarah Wingard Avatar
    Sarah Wingard

    I love you Angie, and I’m praying! So is my whole prayer group up here.


  3. Thinking of you, and waiting with you! I will be hoping that you enjoy another giant celebratory cheeseburger soon…. 😉

    Lots of love from Chicago –


  4. Allison said this morning on the way to school, “we need to pray for Mrs. Davis, too”…(and put her on our classes’ prayer requests at school). Angie, you encouraged me so much yesterday. Supposedly, I was to serve you, but God blessed me richly by your sweet children and our conversation. I will choose joy, by God’s grace, instead of fear. My family will remember the moments not all of the days.

    I am anxious, in a good way, to hear the results…..trusting in God’s goodness and His perfect plan for yours and your loved one’s lives. I have seen, through you, how God keeps an unphathonable promise to use all things (even this despicable monster in your life) for your good and His glory. I have seen who He is more clearly because of His presence in your life.


  5. Thinking about you today and hoping for good news…


  6. Thinking of you and praying – praying that your days of hearing the impossible are over. Praying for many many years of health.


  7. This is it…the ultimate lesson, His presence is our good. And to think that this is what HE wants, to have us near Him so much that He made the everlasting way. I love you and He loves you.


  8. judieyoung@hotmail.com Avatar

    My sweet one,

    You are forever in my prayers. The realizing of His presence is beautiful. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is always in us working to will to His good pleasure.

    This is a beautiful verse of confidence: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving let your request be made known and the peace of God which passes understanding will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.

    This is our victory, a new life lived to God. Let’s walk in this and know the joy of Christ, His strength.

    Love and blessings,


  9. Praying for you.


  10. Emily Massengill Avatar
    Emily Massengill

    Praying for clear scans, but glad that God’s presence is the best gift he can give us.


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