You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3) (NIV)
A young missionary couple took me aside at a party.
“Can we tell you about how we met?” blonde Californian Leah said.
“I really wanted to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe but I had a brain tumor. As churches around the world prayed, a torrent of God’s peace swirled through my heart. It grew into an all-consuming flood. I wanted it to swallow me. I told my doctor I would forego treatment and trust God. He told me I was foolish.”
Leah enthusiastically sold her belongings in preparation for college or death. Whichever came first was fine with her.
Balazs took over the story with his Hungarian accent. “I was forced to drop out of college because I had aggressive testicular cancer and less than a ten percent chance of survival. As hundreds prayed for me, bubbling peace filled my heart also. I didn’t know Leah who lived on the other side of the world but I knew the same overwhelming peace she discovered.
“My body wasted away until I could wrap my thumbs and fingers around my thigh. I grew eager to meet the source of my amazing peace.
“When treatments were no help, I discontinued them and waited to see how I would win—with a miraculous cure or go to heaven. The doctors fought my decision with legal actions, calling it suicide, but I laughed and continued to trust in God alone.”
Back in America, Leah’s doctor raised his eyebrows in amazement over her latest test results. The tumor had disappeared. As a result, he became a Christian, quit his practice and left for the mission field.
Leah left for Bible college in Hungary. Leah met Balazs. They had a lot in common, including God’s peace and a miraculous cure that later came to Balazs as well.
“He asked me to marry him and I couldn't resist his handsome smile.” Leah’s eyes beamed at her husband. “Now we live only for God.”
After his parables, Jesus often said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” His point was that some stories are meant to change the listeners. This is one of them.
Prayer: Prince of Peace, reign in my heart above all else.