My sincere apologies to my followers for the length of time from my last post in August. I needed to take some time off to deal with a little curve ball called cancer thrown my way unexpectedly. I am grateful to report that through modern medical technology, more love from friends and family than I deserve, and a host of prayers sent on my behalf, I am cancer free and on the mend. It has been quite the journey.
I learned, or was at least reminded of some things through the process that proved invaluable to me, and I wanted to share them with you. First I learned that disease does not discriminate. You can be doing everything right and get that dreaded medical report or you can be doing everything harmful and live forever. We have no vote on who suffers certain diseases or who escapes them. God alone knows in advance who will become sick, and I’m convinced He always has a purpose for who he allows to go through these dark journeys, and He equips them well beforehand.
I learned that when you are going through illness, there is nothing on earth as important as your circle of support. They are there to hold your hand, to lift you up, to help keep your spirit positive, to simply be that source of strength when you may be at your weakest. God knew I was about to encounter this journey and He loaned me one of His angels to be at my side before, through and after the walk through the valley of shadows. She spent the night with me in the hospital, kept me strong and positive, would not allow me to entertain the negative what-ifs that are commonly associated with illness. She and my son were at my side from beginning through recovery. She was also the prize that awaited me that kept me moving forward and I could not have gone down this path with the success I had without her and my family.
I was reminded that I serve and follow a Bigger-than God! He proved himself to be bigger than cancer, bigger than the initial diagnosis and so far, bigger than the anticipated recovery time for the radical procedure I had. What was said to take up to one year to achieve I have achieved in a matter of weeks! My God is bigger than cancer! There is nothing impossible with God. As the Apostle Paul wrote in the New Testament, His strength in made perfect in my weakness. God and faith are just my crutch, you’re damn straight! He tells us numerous times that he wants us to lean on Him, to put our full weight on Him and to trust Him for anything, to test Him if you will and see just how great He can show off for us!
I learned already that He uses our success over trials to help others who may be about to embark on the same or similar journeys. Just this week I was called on by an old school friend who was just diagnosed with the same cancer, and I was able to briefly share my experience with his wife so that they would know this isn’t a death sentence, just a hurdle. I have some unsightly scars remaining from my ordeal, but those scars testify to my survival and are a sign of hope to anyone on the same journey, and an opening to share of God’s grace and goodness.
I am so humbled and grateful for this journey. No, I would never have chosen it on my own, and I would never wish it on anyone else. But God works all things out for our good and for His purpose. If I’m to be an instrument by example of going through the fire and coming out unharmed, then I am among all men blessed! There are always positives in any situation if you look for them. Here’s an example; while some will be scrambling for that perfect Halloween costume in a couple weeks, I will simply take off my shirt! No fake scars or glued-on wounds for this boy; no, mine are real!
God bless you all.