Most of you reading this blog post will know the incredible story of Chase and Corrinn Sims. If you don’t know the story, I’ll fill you in as much as I can. But you can also read all about their story on their website, so follow this link to read and be encouraged by them.
I met Chase and Corrinn Sims a few months shy of 5 years ago. They were newly married and had moved to Fort Collins, CO to be a part of a church plant that I was also involved in. I helped move them into their apartment on a chilly November night. My first impression of Chase: He had packed about 400 books into one box and I was tasked with moving it into the house. (It was SO heavy, and thus remains a very vivid memory.) But this little detail has always stuck with me and actually taught me a lot about him. Chase loves to learn, he is intentional with studying God’s word, and those books were merely tools in the hands of a truly gifted preacher and teacher.
Corrinn: Powerhouse. Speaker of truth. Spirit Led. Fire fueled. Fearless. This girl is beautiful inside and out. She is an encourager and truly cares about the people in her path.
The almost two years we spent with Chase and Corrinn are full of some of my greatest memories of community. Their apartment was consistently full of parties, game nights, house guests (some more long term than others…) and bible study. We lived life with them and they lived life with us. They showed us all how to give of ourselves for others and for the gospel.
If you can’t tell already, I genuinely care about these two people and their impact is not lost on me. And for most of my readers, I know it’s not lost on you either. You know them. You are loved by them.
Fast forward to 2015, Chase and Corrinn moved to Texas to be a part of another church. We were sad to see them leave, but it became clear very quickly that God’s plan for them was perfect. Chase was diagnosed with a brain tumor in early 2016 and they began the long journey and fight that is cancer. (This is the part where you should really really take my advice and go read their blog.) The number of people praying for this couple during this time was outstanding. Probably reaching to the tens of thousands.
Corrinn wrote this two years ago… “to those who are standing on the mountain and those in the valley, live your life in such a way that people know it could have only been the Lord who took you by the hand and walked you through your darkest nights, raging waters, and swiftest torrents– Only God. Psalm 124 says “If the Lord had not been on our side…Then the waters would have engulfed us; the torrent would have swept over us; the raging waters would have swept over us.” I hope our story is never shared without the words “gracious miracle,” because the waters HAVEN’T overtaken us, they HAVEN’T swept us away. We are still fighting and pursuing wholeness and holiness because of God’s perfect performance through our entire journey."
So, I cannot share even this brief version of their story without including the same… They were given a gracious miracle: both in his illness and in his healing. Their story is one that I wish everyone could see and be impacted by, no matter what your journey includes or has in store. That’s mostly why I share it today, because their genuine faith and their continually trust in the Healer is inspiring and incredible.
So here we are today, 2018. Chase and Corrinn celebrated 5 years of marriage in August. They celebrate clean scans every few months. They celebrate life. They praise the Lord for fighting for them and alongside them. They praise the Lord for the healing.
The impact of this couple on my life and the lives of so many others is deep and wide. It was my greatest joy to be able to document their life and their love in this season.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!