God’s Timing

Given the events of last week, a few folks have asked about a post that Jennifer made on February 12th called “Done with Radiation.”

In it, she said:

In addition, my friends Nicole and Christy came to Dallas last weekend and we have been up to something….all I can say is mark your calendars for October 15-17th. Details coming soon. I can guarantee you won’t want to miss this. Stay tuned….

The backstory here is timing that could only be from God. After Jennifer’s final radiation treatment and a celebratory lunch last February, she got that sparkle in her eye that meant she was up to something BIG (you know the look I’m talking about). She proceeded to unveil a plan to bring friends and family together the weekend of October 16th, 2010 for an amazing weekend that included the Susan G. Komen 5K Walk in Dallas, TX.

In typical Jenn fashion, she thought through every detail: there was a theme, an agenda, a host hotel, a menu and “goodies” for all. She fairly glowed (non-radiation related) as she shared her vision. An invitation was designed and printed. She was addressing and stamping the invitations … when God said STOP. She didn’t know why, she confided at the time, but her sense was that God had something even bigger on the horizon, and she needed to wait on His timing.

When the weekend of October 16th came this year, Jenn’s friends and family were indeed gathered around her, pouring out our love. We could never have imagined the timing that God had in mind; He definitely had something MUCH bigger planned for Jennifer that particular weekend.

And as for those invitations … never fear. Jennifer put far too much thought and love into this weekend for it to fall by the wayside. We’ll be praying about God’s timing to extend her very special invitation to you in the future.

Acts 1:7

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven …

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6 responses to “God’s Timing

  1. Christy McFarland

    wow … reading my comment on the original blog post was a bit of a shock. That February weekend was a sweet time of planning and celebration with Jennifer and Nicole. Jenn’s October celebration was definitely different than we anticipated but, in the eternal realm, it was no less exciting.

    Continually praying for those that love Jenn dearly. In the midst of grieving may we remember her motivation and purpose: the love of Christ and the Kingdom of God.

  2. C-Mac my heart sank as well when I read that again yesterday. It’s no coincidence that we were to have a celebration that weekend, it just looked very different from what we had hoped!

  3. Kelly

    All I can say is WOW!!!! She continues to witness to us each and every day! Though different than planned, a celebration of eternal life for Jenn was to be had! She is greatly missed and I continue to pray for all of those who love Jenn!

  4. Patty Laramore

    Undone…I am completely undone.
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
    Isaiah 55:8
    …just another piece of His remarkable handprint, and Jenn’s footprint on our hearts…

  5. Diane

    I am just blown away by this…Jenn was and is such an inspiration. Continuing to pray for John and Mom and Dad Cunningham. Love to all of you.

  6. curry

    man. Jenn had sensitivity to the LORD, didn’t she? And how God works…i am speechless. So profound.

    Praying for Nicole and Christy as the LORD comforts them. I rejoice over the truth of how that weekend, date and time unfolded. Yes, it was different than we all expected but the celebration and joy that God set in Jenn’s heart in February…it’s really sweet.

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