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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

The Miracle Maker

Today is a very special day for my family and I as we celebrate my ten year "better life" birthday. That is when I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. With no cure, my daughter asked the difference between a cure and remission. The answer - “time”. My oncologist did not give much hope with the aggressiveness - I probably had it for 6 to 8 weeks. I was discerning how to put into words what today means and our visiting pastor, Andy Lambert's sermon helped me. Mark 8: 22, “They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.” When we come to Jesus with a problem, He is not going to stop there. He wants us - all of us and our whole life. He doesn’t just want to heal our heartache but our whole heart!

Pastor Andy said sometimes we are so focused on the miracle that we do not see the Miracle Maker! Just like being so focused on the problem that we do not see the Problem Solver. Mark 8: 23-25, “He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” I remember reading that Jesus spit and that Jesus touched the man a second time but I never thought about it. We were reminded that Jesus is real and He didn’t want people so caught up in the miracle that they missed the Miracle Maker.

The closer I got to August 30, the weepier I found myself. I think it is a mix of emotions, a very tough time filled with many blessings. This is also the date Mike’s dad died and my cousin died of breast cancer. I spent a year laying around, at times with not enough energy to talk, so much time was spent with God. I told God it was not my will but His as to how I would be healed. He not only healed me physically but emotionally and spiritually! Ephesians 3: 20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” The end of treatment was bittersweet as I thanked God for our special time because soon life would get in the way but I knew He had things for me to do. What does today mean to me? The biggest blessing was not the miracle but the love story between the Miracle Maker and I! God continues to write our love story and I continue to fall deeper in love with Him, watching it blossom. There is no greater love!

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Aug 30, 2022

Jill, mine was Aug 4th 2011. I love your story and I love you. You have been a blessing and encouragement to me and, I know, countless others. Thank God for you and for His mercies every morning. ❤️

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