One Sunday morning, I stood in the hallway of my church, waiting to talk with a friend about her upcoming visit to see her Doctor. You see, she had a strange pain that could not be explained and after seeing multiple doctors, she was told there was a good chance it was cancer. She had some scans done the previous week, and she was going to find out the results of those scans the next day. She was in a dark place.
As a church family, we had been praying and I had prepared myself to encourage her with all kinds of wisdom. I just knew she would be anxious and upset. I just knew she would need someone to talk to, so when my friend came around the corner that Sunday morning, I was ready. I was ready to give her the encouragement she needed.
Yeah! About that. What happened next could not have surprised me more.
As I hugged her and started to tell her how sorry I was that she was going through this trial, she stopped me dead in my tracks. She began to tell me how she was NOT worried and I could see in her eyes ….that she really was NOT worried. She began to tell me that God was in control of all things and He was allowing her to go through this for some purpose. She told me she knew God had a plan that she could trust. And then she said something to me that has stuck with me ever since. She said, “I want my life to bring glory to God. If me having cancer will do that, then I am ready.”
Whoa! That was not what I was expecting.
This was not a conversation about her being healed or about it not being cancer. This was a conversation about trusting the God of the Universe with the outcomes.
I was speechless, and as our conversation ended, I began to feel challenged in my spirit.
Did I trust God that much?
Did I really feel in my heart that I was willing to go through whatever in order to bring glory to God?
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” ~Matthew 16:24-25
This friend of mine had two small children and yet, she was not doubting God because she was going through this trial. Oh, I’m sure she struggled in her own private place because she loves her family and she wants to raise her children, but she had complete assurance that God had a plan. She believed with all of her being that she could trust Him…no matter the results of that scan.
I do not know what you are going through today my friend. I do not know what trial you are facing, but here is what I do know.
I know that God loves you and nothing you go through catches Him by surprise.
I know that God will never leave or forsake you.
I know that even if you or I get the worst diagnosis possible or if a tragedy strikes our family, God never changes. He is constant. He is who He says He is.
I know that this life is temporary and the struggles we face will only last a little while.
I know there is a real eternity awaiting those of us who are in Christ. It will be more wonderful than our human minds can fathom.
Remember….we serve a God who is trustworthy. Surrender your darkest hour to Him. Trust Him my friend. No matter what, trust Him.
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I pray that I too will have that kind of strength if I were to face something like this. God is the only one who can give us that peace. Thanks for sharing, and inspiring me!
I have struggled with this for as long as I can remember. Then in 1986 I faced the darkest hour imaginable…we lost our 9 year old daughter. I lost my faith and it took a long time to find it again. Although I truly believe that God walks with us through whatever we have to face, I still struggle with being positive in the face of adversity. I’m 65 years old and this struggle has been with me for a long time…but I’m working on it:)
Cheryl, I lost my oldest son in 1993 so I somewhat understand your struggles. My middle son gave his testimony at church which was basically saying that the worst day of his life was the best day of his life. When my oldest died, it was his brother’s worst day, but he looked to God for help and it became the best day as he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior then. Obviously, I didn’t want my oldest to die, but I cannot help but think of how happy he must be that his life/death changed the life of his brother for the better. This life is not about us, but about Him. It is such a blessing how He turns horrific things to the good. God bless you on your journey. Hugs and prayers from one Cheryl to another.
sometimes life is to hard. I needed this tonight. Thank you