“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

I read this passage last week during my quiet time and was struck by it, and since then, the Lord has impressed it on my mind through various people all week long. You ever feel like maybe God is trying to tell you something?? Just like the Israelites in the desert, are we so afraid of what lies before us that we would rather go back to known territory (Egypt and slavery) than trust that God has a plan for our sanctification and growth (even when we don’t want to go there)? That is what we are struggling with. As believers, we are promised that God will never leave us or forsake us. Unfortunately, we are also promised (and even supposed to desire) to share in Christ’s sufferings. Paul actually asked to share in Christ’s sufferings; some days I wonder if I will ever feel that way! Right now, I feel like we would both quite happily go back to Egypt and slavery. But that is our fear talking, and God does not call us to be fearful; He calls us to come boldly before the throne of grace.

We arrived in Indiana safely yesterday, and today Clay had his appointments with Dr. Einhorn and Dr. Foster, the surgeon. Dr. Einhorn spoke with us briefly about the tumor; he feels that it is likely either a slow-growing seminoma or a teratoma. Either way, he expects that the surgery will likely remove most or all of the tumor, and he does not think that Clay will need chemo again. Praise for that!

Dr. Foster was intense but patient with our questions. We felt that he was very knowledgeable. Clay’s surgery is the only surgery scheduled for tomorrow, so that he can take as much time as he needs. That is definitely a blessing. He said it would be a three to six hour procedure.

Dr. Foster is going to actually remove the occluded section of Clay’s vena cava, since he has all the collaterals taking blood back to his heart anyway. He does not expect Clay to have any long term effects from the removal, especially since he has not really had any symptoms up until now. There are some potential complications regarding reproduction, which was not really surprising, but still sad.

Dr. Foster does not expect that there will be significant involvement with Clay’s aorta or with his other organs, such as his kidneys. There is a small chance that there will be some involvement, and if so, of course the procedure becomes more complicated. If there is aorta involvement, he will call in a vascular surgeon to replace Clay’s aorta, and if there is kidney involvement, he might have to remove the kidney. He doesn’t expect those things to happen, though.

Please pray that there would be no significant involvement with Clay’s other organs, and pray for little blood loss during surgery. Pray for all the people involved in the surgery; Dr. Foster, scrubs techs and nurses. Pray for me, my family and Clay’s family as we wait during the surgery. Pray for us as we are missing our son this week. Pray that we would be used as a conduit of grace and our hearts would be open to God’s will in all of this.

Clay wanted to include these last two verses: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them [the Egyptians], for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:6

“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 3:8

We are so incredibly thankful for your prayers. We will keep you posted.

Much love,

Clay and Lauren


25 responses to ““The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

  1. Hi Clay!
    I am sorry to hear about the need for this surgery, but encouraged to hear of your faith and trust in the midst of fiery trials. I will be praying for you and your family. Continue to lean upon our strong and mighty Savior.
    In Christ,
    Lori Akin

  2. We love you guys and will be praying for you.
    Love, David & Kat & Nora Claire

  3. Those 2 verses in Deut. are some we clung to during my dad’s ordeal. They are powerful!!! Another one is Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Praying for soaring tomorrow!!

  4. Praying on…..moment to moment, claiming His strength, protection and healing. I love you both, m

  5. We will be praying all day!! We love you!

  6. Know that the Lord, our God is watching over all of you and will keep you in the palm of His hands. I miss you Clay at work but know that your move was the best for your sweet family who you love and adore! Blessings to you all. I will pray for each and every one of you in the days ahead. Take Care and if there is anything that your family at Bumpus can do, please do not hesitate to ask. Much love and prayers.

  7. We are lifting you all up to our Lord Jesus Christ for comfort and peace that flows deeply into your soul!!! Remember!!! You are not alone!!! Love you so much!!!!!

    The Sellers

  8. Anna and I are praying for you and Lauren tonight. Our hope is in the LORD. My He hold the both of you and wrap you up so tight that you feel his strength and power. God be with you.

  9. Prayers going up in South Carolina – your words are so applicable to my life too – thanks for sharing those!

    Shea (for the Patricks)

  10. Clay, I am praying for you and your family today. I wish you a speedy recovery and know if anyone has the stamina to endure this, it is you. – Anna

  11. Lifting all of you up in prayer today. May God provide peace, assurance, and calm for all involved. Keep your eyes on the prize that God has in store for each of you.

  12. Clay and Lauren,
    Such a privilege to pray for you all now!!! God will carry you through this and more!

  13. Dr. Debbie Grant

    Clay- I am praying for you and lifting you up into God’s care. You are an amazing person and I know you will fight this! All my love and support goes out to you and Lauren and I will be anxiously awaiting to hear about the results of your surgery. May God Bless You! 🙂

  14. Clay and Lauren, what a privilege to be praying for you both all day. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  15. Praying for you all, Clay! Praying Phil 1:19 “and this too shall turn our for [your] deliverance.”

  16. Praying for ya’ll today as you walk through this.

  17. Clay, we are all praying for you and your family. I am also praying for your doctors this morning. I have never once heard you complain these last 2 years. You are an inspiration to all!

  18. Clay and Audrey

    We love you guys and are praying today. We know the Lord will be with you. Hang in there….

  19. Clay,
    We miss you so much here at Bumpus, but we know your move was best for you and your family! Prayers are being lifted now for you during this time. Complete recovery is my request to God for you! God is good all the time. His mercies are new every morning……………love to your family

  20. Praying RIGHT NOW for you!!!!!!!

  21. taquag@gmail.com

    Please know that I am praying for you and your family. Trust and know that God will not leave nor forsake you. It is important knowing that we serve an ALL Knowing God and he works miracles! Be encouraged!

    Taqua Sewell

  22. Dr. Debbie Grant

    Great news about your surgery! I knew you were tough! I am lifting y0u up into the hands of God for your healing and recovery! Stay strong Clay!
    Much love to you and Lauren!

  23. Dr. Debbie Grant

    Great news about your surgery! I always knew you were tough. God will now place you in his hands and begin your healing process! Much love to you and Lauren!

  24. Hey Clay – This is your friend Melanie. We miss you alot at Bumpus but am so thankful for Brian. He is great. I am sorry you are having to go through this again. God will bless you and your sweet family and He is always faithful. This is a time that God wants you to go through for His glory. He is using you and Lauren to witness to others and in IN no less! Please feel better soon.


  25. Hey Clay and family i am glad to hear that everything went well with the surgery.God has speacial plans for u because he is still right there with you.I will pray for you and your family.

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