Peace in the Midst of Cancer
"I realized God does love me, and He's going to take care of me."
Kathy visited her doctor after noticing an unusual spot on her skin. To her surprise, the diagnosis was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Until then, she had lived a normal life and was unprepared for this life-changing news. After six months of chemotherapy, she anticipated a good report from her doctor. Unfortunately, he reported that nothing had changed!
As feelings of disbelief, numbness, and fear of the unknown overcame her. She wondered, “Why do I need to deal with this?”, as loneliness crept into her life.
One day, Kathy realized she had a choice to make: Let worry take over her life or trust God instead. She chose to trust God and felt a sense of peace come over her.
Points to consider:
If you are going through a tough time and don’t know Jesus, come to Him, and He will give you rest.
- Open the Word, read the Word and the Word will come alive to you.
- Trust God in the struggle. He will walk with you through it all and give you peace.
- Be open to new opportunities God may place in your life. Even during the struggle, God may have a new purpose for your life.
Words to Live By:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7 (ESV).
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV).
Cancer – the terrifying word no one wants to hear. It strikes fear in the hearts of most people, triggering images of suffering and death. A cancer diagnosis makes one feel vulnerable and fragile. Shock, fear, and disbelief are also common reactions. Many people wonder, “Why is this happening to me?” Some are afraid to die, and indeed, some will. You are not alone in these feelings and reactions. Many others who have received a cancer diagnosis are afraid too, but there is always hope! Death may be the end of life as we know it on Earth, but it is also the beginning of a new life in Heaven for those who are saved through Jesus Christ.
Grace Notes by Philip Yancey
“Jesus’ response to suffering people provides a glimpse into the heart of God. God is not the unmoved Absolute, but rather the Loving One who draws near” (91).