Not Every Door Is An Exit — New Entry March 17, 2021

Jon D. Imme†
3 min readMar 18, 2021


When this very impactful week began just three days ago tests and procedures had been scheduled lasting through the next 3–4 weeks. Of course when you’re dealing with cancer of the pancreas speed is of the essence. God put it in Sheila’s heart to fight and God was with her. She relentlessly, but with words filled with grace and seasoned with salt, pursued the task which God had set before her. All of the tests and pre-op procedures are now scheduled to be completed within the next 5 days or so.

I know I mentioned this in the earlier blog but it is not a small thing. I believe it was the hand of God. The American Health Care System is HUGE! Like an elephant. Our God is HUGER! Like the Creator He is! God truly changed an elephant into an Arabian Stallion!

So what about the rest of today? Information wise it wasn’t a good day. Terms like stage 3 and stage 4 cancer were being mentioned as well as short life expectancy of 12 months with probable poor quality of life during that period of time.

However there are gaps in the prognosis. Sheila and I are not confident with our current care providers because of those gaps so we will be seeking God’s guidance in quickly providing new care providers with whom we are more confident.

It is the gaps in our lives that give us hope. Our life may look like an open and shut case and there’s nothing we can do about our past, present our future however it is God Who can change everything so quickly and dramatically.

Remember the story of Samson. He disrespected God by getting His hair cut even though he had made a covenant with God never to do so. Because of that broken promise many hardships and failures fell upon Samson which he was powerless to prevent. Finally Samson repented and a ‘gap’ appeared so small that no one was aware of it, a hair began growing on Samson’s head and with that hair came the renewal of God’s pact with Samson.

In our case we are praying that the ‘gap’ might be an ignored or misread medical test, for others it might be a small hopeful word or a ‘sign’ recognizable only to them. Sometimes the gap or sign might not even be recognizable until later. We all have our own journeys and God is our guarantee that we will finish those treks whether over mountains or through forests. When necessary He might even provide a small gap to help you see the trail a little better.

“Be strong and of and good courage, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One Who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6