I don’t know Katie Wagner. I’ve never met her. In fact, I never even knew who she was until about a week ago. For those of you in a similar boat to me, let me tell you what I know. She is 15 and a student at Boulder Creek High School. She attends Christ’s Church of the Valley. She was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung and bone cancer. She has just been admitted to Phoenix’s Children’s Hospital where she will undergo chemotherapy.
I have an incredibly strong faith in my Lord Jesus Christ. But in times like these, how does one not throw up their arms and plead with God “WHY?!” Why oh Lord? Why Katie? Why such a sweet, young girl who loves you and has her whole life ahead of her? WHY! And I want to demand answers.
I don’t know what God’s plan is in this. I don’t.
All I can do is pray. There are so many people steadfastly praying for Katie. It’s so beautiful to watch the community to come together. But in the moments when you who are praying feel weary, here is the only encouragement I have to offer:
Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven
Matthew 7:7 ”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
There is an undeniable power present in the moments we bring our hurts to our God.
Please pray for Katie today. Please.