Mark: Surgery Results -- from Pastor Jeff King
The doctor is very pleased with the way the surgery went. Right out of surgery, Mark was able to
talk, communicate, interact with complex ideas, understand the gospel,
father his children, husband his wife, ask us to read Psalm 100, and
speak God's truths to others. God and His angels were looking after
Mark and granting us our desires and more on this front. For this, we
do not hesitate to give God praise!
Spiritually, I say in
all earnest that God has His obvious hand on our dear brother and
sister. Mark and Anna possess a fierce, undeniable faith. For
me, walking with Mark and Anna closely for the last several months of
this unfolding tragedy has afforded me front row seats to a man and a
woman who are being given abundant daily grace to walk in faith and grow
in Christian maturity through the most intense physical trial I've
personally seen a person endure.
Throughout this trial, Mark
has shown me more of Jesus than I can express. His fierce love for the
Lord has consistently overflowed to his family, doctors, and passerby's
to his life, increasingly. If ever there was a time in a person's life to
be self-centered and consumed with the things on his own plate, it would
be now. Instead of being self-consumed, I've seen Mark pour himself
out in service for others, prayers for others, concern for others, and
love for others.
On top of all this, Mark's lion-hearted love
for Anna and his children has been equally fierce. I've seen in Mark
what Solomon penned, “For love is strong as death, jealousy as fierce as
the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the
Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a
man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly
despised.” (SOS 8:6-7) To see the look in Mark's eyes when he talked to
Anna in the initial moments of waking up from surgery is to see a man
with fiery love for his wife! Such love could never be faked or
produced by man. This love comes from none other than the fires of
God's steadfast unrelenting love!
Anna too is being given
peculiar grace! Anna fiercely loves Mark. That is undeniable! Her
honest, deepest desire through all of this has been that Jesus would be
honored, exalted, and treasured. Anna has expressed a yearning that
“Jesus would be seen as worthy.” Oh that we would all possess that kind
of tender, vigorous, real, desperate, honest, fierce, gripped love for
Mark and Anna, we love you guys and will keep
praying that God gives Mark many decades to proclaim how worthy Jesus is
of our praise and worship. May God increase our affections for Him as
He has certainly given you a fire-hot love for Him and for one another.
Thank you for pointing us to Jesus so well through this trial! We will
keep praying hard on your behalf!