Mothers everywhere have been both inspired, yet heartbroken, over the path that Joey+Rory’s Joey Feek’s cancer diagnosis has taken her over the past several months. We have laughed with her as we watched her bright smile take over dark rooms, and we have cried when we have seen her demonstrate more strength than we could ever muster.
But in a Nov. 23 blog post from her dear husband, Rory, Joey showed us that she is in fact just like the rest of us. While e she tries to not show it as much, she too finds herself sad and angry about the circumstances surrounding her current health situation. After looking at a picture of a young family friend, Joey did what we have all wanted to do through all of this.
“Then suddenly her hands started shaking and she closed her eyes and started sobbing. I wasn’t sure what had happened – what the pain was that she was feeling – so I tried to put my arms around her and asked, ‘what’s wrong,’ and then through her tears, she said the words… the ones I knew she felt, but she had never said before… the words that are the hardest, most-difficult part of all that she, and we, are going through: ‘I want to raise our baby,’ she cried, and her tears fell harder…’I want to be the one to teach her.’ She was inconsolable. I held her in my arms as she held Scout’s picture to her heart and cried and cried. I didn’t know what to do.”
But God did.
Because at that moment, a gentle, beautiful and serene snow began to fall from the heavens, giving Joey yet another unexpected gift.
“It was snowing. Huge white flakes were falling from above. And a small smile came across her face. Then a bigger one. ‘I didn’t think I’d get to see snow again.’ And she looked at me, then raised her eyes up at the sky and said, ‘If this is the last snow I ever see, thank you Jesus… thank you.’ Like manna from Heaven. God sent us just what we needed… just when we needed it. He always does.”