You can almost hear the trepidation in her writing as Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the late Billy Graham and sister to Franklin, proclaims in faith that God has healed her of her breast cancer.
Diagnosed last year on the memorial of her husband's untimely death, Lotz felt like she was under attack. But she quickly chose to shift her focus to God--that He was in control and totally able to heal her.
But rounds of chemotherapy left Lotz exhausted and disheartened. She publicly revealed how hard it was for her to lose her hair, sharing photos of her head being shaved by a friend and donning her new wig.
"For those of you who have been through this, you know that it is also a humiliating trauma," Lotz wrote. I was almost shocked to hear the familiar sound of my own voice coming from the face under the shorn head I saw reflected in the salon mirror! My immediate reaction was to quote God’s words…that God looks on the heart, not the outward appearance. I am so thankful!"
But more rounds of chemotherapy faced the prayer leader. The effects were so hard on Lotz that her brother, Franklin Graham, took to Facebook to ask for prayer for his sister.
But just earlier this week, Lotz made a bold proclamation of faith after completing six rounds of chemotherapy. Titling her post, "Raising Hallelujah," Lotz began with this verse: "Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army…as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men…who were invading Judah, and they were defeated" 2 Chronicles 20:21-22.
Lotz wrote, "While praying with my two daughters following my fifth chemo treatment, God seemed to indicate He had healed me. Cleansed me. Removed cancer from me. I pondered in my heart what I believe He had said. The numbers from my blood draw before the sixth treatment were all remarkably good. So after my sixth treatment, I began questioning whether or not I should continue chemo if, in fact, I was already healed. The weakness and weariness have been debilitating. The side-effects have been daunting. I did not want to continue treatments if they were unnecessary."
"One morning I decided to pray specifically, asking God to confirm from His Word whether or not I was to continue chemo treatments if I was already healed," she continued. "Two hours later, my daughter, Rachel-Ruth, came to sit with me. She shared some of her insights from 2 Kings 5 that she was to teach her Bible class that week. She related the story of the Syrian general, Naaman, who had leprosy. A little Israelite slave girl told Naaman about Elisha, a man of God, who could heal him. When Naaman sought Elisha, he was told, 'Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan…and you will be cleansed.' (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman resisted, saying that Syria had better rivers than the Jordan. He did not want to submit himself to the 'side effects' of muck and mud. But at his servant’s urging, Naaman did dip in the Jordan. When he came up the seventh time, he was healed! The seventh time! And I could hear the clear whisper of the Spirit, answering my prayer, confirming that I was to continue chemo…my next and last full treatment would be my seventh time! So as much as I resist the 'muck and mud', in obedience to God’s leading to complete the seventh infusion on February 14, I am committed to seeing these treatments through to the end."
Wow, what a powerful example of both trust and obedience. In a bit of a tension, Lotz both puts forth her statement of faith that God has healed her, while also obediently going through her seventh and final round of chemotherapy.
What do you think of Lotz's proclamation that God has healed her? Will you pray for her final grueling round of chemo? Thank you so much!