"I think I'll have to chew on this for a while." I wasn't referring to the tantalizing pulled pork sandwich that was beckoning to me as I sat across from my sister-of-the-heart Lisa last night at County Line BBQ. Surrounded by the raucous strains of Chuckwagon Charlie strumming his gui-tar under the nearly-full moon over nearly-empty Lake Conroe, I felt myself "going Greek" - needing to separate body and spirit, at least for a time - as she delivered words that would open up a new window of understanding to God's love.
"These are your twins on the cover, Jan!" were her words as I felt my jaw drop in astonishment. Lisa was sharing with me her reaction to the cover of GLIMPSES, which is featured on this website's homepage. While I knew that the Lord had inspired my editor, Lynn Ponder, and the cover designer, Lynette Whitesell, to come up with the idea for the book cover, I had only thought of the two little girls chasing butterflies as Carrie and myself. But Lisa saw beyond and spoke with the authority of one who hears from God.
My journey through cancer began with pregnancy. Ironically, the twins that I was carrying but never delivered revealed the uterine cancer that would likely have remained hidden were it not for their presence. Through the grief of the loss of their unborn lives, God revealed His love to me in such a thorough and profound way that I truly became a new creation in Christ. Through the seed of those babies that died, God has brought abundant life.
In the final chapter of GLIMPSES, I share the vision God gave me of one of the twins, a little girl whose name He gave me from Romans 5:4 - HOPE. Over the years, I have asked Him to reveal more to me about the other child, but until last night, nothing was shown to me. This morning, He gave me her name - FAITH. The substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things unseen - Hebrews 11:1.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE."