The smell of healing

Have you ever had your eye on something to buy and all of a sudden you start seeing it everywhere around you? Well, I feel like that is how it is now that we are in the world of cancer. It seems like everyone has it or has had it or their cousin has it and on and on.

And when you’re in the world of cancer, you hear many stories. Ones of hope and miracles, and ones of heart breaking sadness. Survivors and victims.

But for me the stories that are the hardest right now are the ones where the children were survivors and then months, even years later, they ended up as victims to cancer. I hate that. I hate that they had relief for some time but the fight had to continue.

As I was praying a few nights ago, all of this was weighing heavy on me. I want healing for Bennett, but not just for a month or for a year or even 10 years. I want complete healing. As a friend reminded me…the kind of healing where you walk away not even smelling like smoke.

You will understand what I mean after we read a little in Daniel 3. King Nebuchadnezzar had this huge golden statue built and he required that everyone bow down and worship it when they played music in the town. And if you didn’t do this then you would be thrown into a blazing furnace…yikes! But the King heard that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not worshiping the image of gold. So he summoned these three men and asked them if it was true. He even threatened them of the blazing furnace and asked, “Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”.  I just LOVE how the story finishes (please take the time to read it all!)…

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

There are so many nuggets of truth to pull out of this. In the first paragraph, they responded to King Nebuchadnezzar with such faith that God would deliver them. But even if He didn’t, they still trusted His plan. That’s definitely living in God’s Story!

And don’t you just love the king’s surprise to see the fourth body in that fire? Oh, we are surely in the fire too with Bennett, and we trust our Jesus is there, the son of the God, protecting us.

But the part that makes my heart sing some more is their deliverance from that fire. It’s not just that they were saved, but they walked out of that blazing furnace with no smell of fire even on them. And you know how the smell of the smoke just attaches to you…even just standing next to a camp fire and you stink of it. But they were IN the fire, and came out stink free.

That’s the smell of healing we are praying for. I want Bennett to walk out of this blazing furnace with no smell of cancer even close to him and with a lifetime ahead of him! We might have to walk around in that fire a little longer than those three men did, but we will stay in there as long as we need to. And we will stay in there protected!

And I’m convinced that your prayers are protecting us! Bennett had chemo last night and slept through it all…again! But more is ahead…Next week will probably be radiation and possibly a feeding tube for his nutrition. We will keep you posted.

So don’t forget to sign up to pray for Bennett this month (click here). Seriously, just click to see how many people are praying! It is amazing.

Oh, the smell of healing will be so sweet! Get your noses ready:)


  1. Oh we all prayed so hard tonight for you all. And will continue to do so, without fail. Healing will be (and smell!) so sweet.

  2. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?” 2 Cor 2:14-16

    Your “smell” is the sweet smell of the Holy Spirit, and you and your sweet boy Bennett, are spreading that sweet fragrance to those you meet as you walk courageously through this valley. God’s Kingdom will increase because you allow Him control, and people are made witness.

    May He continue to anoint you with His sweet smelling fragrance and may He bless Bennett with complete physical healing.

  3. Lord, Increase our Faith while we wait for You to answer our prayers. Help us to believe that there is nothing You can not do. Not only will we patiently wait for Your answer, We will give You praise right now for what You are about to do! In Jesus Name, Amen!

  4. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your GOD, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
    Isaiah 43:2-3

    Not if, WHEN… And HE IS WITH US!

    Much love…. k

  5. You guys are on my mind constantly everyday. Each moment you cross my mind I send a prayer up for sweet baby Bennett to be restored to full health and for God to fill you with strength and courage. Peace and love to you amidst the fire.

    All our love,
    The Broussards

  6. The Lord is my Shepherd…I shall not want…
    I know that He is right there beside ALL of you. Praying, praying, praying….Love, Hugs and lots of kisses!!!

  7. Praying without ceasing for sweet Bennett!! The ladies’ Bible study group prayed together for Bennett last night! Love y’all!!

  8. On and on the prayers go, bless baby Bennett and all your family. Amazing people praying. Pastor Mike would say awesome. Amen

  9. Amen. He will not smell smoke. Let the doctor do scientific and God will do the supernatural.I would like to encourage you and your family when things get tough hang on the promises of God He said He is healed. In the natural it does not look like it but in the supernatural he is healed off the diseases. We are praising God for His hand on your son. The greatest praise is praising God when you don’t feel like it. When johasephat was going to face that battle with all their enemies instead of putting the well trained, strong army he was told to send the praise team. We are outing praise before your son’s battle right now.

  10. We are continuing to pray for complete healing for Bennett every day. We know that God is still does miracles today as He did way back then. I do believe that the reason God lets some be in remission for different times is that He wasn’t finished with them yet and it’s all in His time. I praise God for your blog even through your trials you have up lifted me a lot. Since I started my book which is now done I realize it was all in God’s timing. Because it was all for His glory. Thank you God bless

  11. Megan and Ben, Gods strength in you is such a testimony to so many. I am the mother of three , my youngest is almost 18 months old and I cry daily for your baby. I haven’t had the words to say to you, but know that I am praying.

  12. I continue to pray for Bennett daily and also for you, Ben and kids. May God continue working in Bennett’s body in Jesus name. I am looking forward to hearing about the smell of healing for Bennett for eternity. God Bless you all.

  13. Megan,
    I know that Story WELL – I read it to my 6-yr-old many times to teach her the FAITH that she must have and grow to have in her heart, KNOWING that the Lord will protect her and have a plan, and that she MUST NOT be afraid – as she is often afraid of losing HER little sister, and in her fragile, young mind – myself and her Daddy. It’s one story I know well and I can RELATE and see how you can EASILY RELATE that to your situation with your little Bennett. The amazing thing, the ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE THING too, about this story – is that there are MANY MORE LIKE IT in God’s Word where He SHOWS His plan, and shows that the MORE WE DO TRUST IN HIM, AND BELIEVE IN HIM AND HIS PLAN – THE MORE WE HAVE THAT FAITH THAT CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS, the more He WILL and DOES show His Mercy and surrounds us with UNFAILING LOVE AND PROTECTION!!

    Still praying fervently – and I will sign up for a bunch of times to pray. Though they may not be on the dot, we take time out SEVERAL TIMES a day to pray SPECIFICALLY FOR BENNETT and though my 3-yr-old doesn’t quite yet understand the POWER, my older daughter does and we all pray and talk to God TOGETHER about Bennett so that throughout the day, he is NEVER UNCOVERED FROM PRAYER with us – except while we are sleeping. Today, I will be fasting …

    Much love to you, and STRENGTH. Be strong, keep your health and love and faith UP because you are giving it all to Bennett right now and the last thing that should happen is for YOU to get run down in ANY WAY, physically or spiritually because you are his BIGGEST FIGHTER and what a WONDERFUL MOTHER you are – My best always to you and constant thoughts.

    Katie (East Bayou Baptist)

  14. Megan, darling, please know that my rosary group and I are praying daily for your sweet Bennett as well as for you, your beloved husband, children and family. My husband, neal, who suffers from a form or limb-g9rdle muscular dystrophy, is praying and offering his daily struggles, too, for Bennett. WE have grandbabies Bennett’s age. It hurts my heart to see you all suffering and thinking it could so easily me mine in your place. You rest, sweet pea, and let us lift you all up to our merciful Father and sweet Mother Mary. She understand, Megan, your pain. She had to watch Her Baby suffer, too. Go to her. Let her rock you. Muaah!

  15. Oh Bennett. You are so young and yet your life has impacted me forever. Ben and Megan your heart pored out into this blog for your son is God inspired. Praying for not even a hint of smell of smoke just sweet and clean.

  16. Ben and Megan,
    Even though we didn’t sign up for a time slot,(we are not very good with the computer) Jeff and I are praying every day for you all. Your posts are so inspiring. We love you!

  17. I absolutely hate seeing children suffer like this. I have 2 of my own, and would probably lose it if anything ever happened to them. Maybe I don’t pray the right way, I have many unanswered prayers still. It’s hard to keep faith when I don’t see anything being done. Yet I find myself still trying. May The Lord finally hear me, and bless this little child with a full recovery.

  18. Hello,

    I am a member of First Colleyville, and I heard about your story.

    First, please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Secondly, I wanted to share with you that I was diagnosed with liver cancer when I was 7 months old. I had surgery to remove a large portion of my liver followed by several rounds of chemotherapy. I am now 26 years old, have been cancer free since, and just had my first baby at the beginning of January. All that remains is the scar from the surgery and the scars from the chemotherapy ports- all of which I carry with thankfulness of God’s healing.

    I hope my story can be an encouragement to yours.


  19. I have Bennet and your entire family in my prayers. We are from Lafayette, LA. We had a nephew named Philip Guidry at St. Judes over 25 years ago. You are in great hands. Our God works miracles every day – He healed my mother of a cancer that ate away at her organs and the organs were restored. We are standing with you for Bennet’s complete recovery with nothing but the smell of good, cancer-free health in him.

  20. My daughter has fought Ewing’s twice and we are waiting to find out it if is back again. I have always loved this story, but will probably never look at it again without thinking of the smell of healing! So well said, and exactly what every parent in our shoes prays for and asks……COMPLETE healing! Thank you for sharing this. I just might want to share a little of this on Sarah’s blog if you don’t mind.
    Bennett remains in our prayers!

  21. Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Coleman’s. We send our love especially today and we are praying for little Bennett every day.

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