I haven’t been able to say it.
I’ve alluded to it, and forgive me for waiting to share it with you.
It’s the one thing I cannot change right now.
Cancer has hit my family. . . again.
I found out both sets of news within a couple of days of each other. I was on my way to Arizona to work with a ministry team when I received the first news. I was on the way home from Arizona when I received the second phone call.
The first was hard. The second? It knocked the wind out of me. I walked into an airport bathroom, found a stall, and wept until I was empty.
Have you ever seen the original Batman and Robin shows? When they started to fight, a giant POW showed up on the screen.
That’s how it feels right now. Like the enemy is swinging wildly at everything I hold precious.
Bam. Pow. Smack!
I sat in the bathroom stall, my eyes red and puffy and called a friend to tell her the news. She called back within minutes.
“Strangest thing,” she said. “I started to pray and God stopped me cold. I felt him saying these words.”
My Suzie knows what to do.
I laughed. Sweet, deep laughter.
This is battle #4 with cancer in my immediate family. We seem to be hogging this particular battle, and wouldn’t mind sharing the love, but we’ve discovered some rich truths in the heat of battle.
When we reach, He is there.
When we feel afraid or insecure, He is our strength.
Miracles are not limited to an outcome, but the truth we learn through it.
The truth is that our faith is more than a set of rules, or attending church, or being a good person. We serve a LIVING GOD who lives in us and we are never alone in the heat of battle. I can’t change what we are about to go through as a family, but there’s another thing that I can’t change and it’s my anchor.
God is faithful.
He’s shown Himself faithful over and over. In yesterday’s post, I shared that we are not defined by our past, or a broken person’s words, or the mistake we made last week. We are also not defined, destroyed, or diminished by a set of circumstances over which we have no control.
So, take this, enemy.
You are messing with the wrong woman, because I know who I am. I know where to turn. I know the Source of my strength. I am not alone in this battle, for God is with me and those I love. Somehow — I don’t know how — my God will redeem this, because he has done it over and over.We can be in an unchangeable situation, and still be transformed. #livingfreetogether Click To Tweet
We can be in an unchangeable battle, but still be transformed. God takes what the enemy means for harm and He reclaims it for his own purpose.
Thank you for letting me share today. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll tell you more. Right now, we are processing and praying and laughing and weeping as a family. Just know that, as I write this 21-day series, I’m walking through every word I’m writing. Thank you for walking it with me.
Yes, He is.
Day #13 of 21-Days to Moving Past What You Cannot Change
I don’t want today’s post to be about me, but for us to take this deeper together. For many of us, the unchangeable situation is our “right-now” situation. It’s unexpected, and unwanted. So, let’s discover the role our faith plays.
Q: “Jesus walks with us.” In what way does this offer hope to you in your current “unchangeable” situation?
Q: “We can be in an unchangeable situation, but still be transformed.” Describe your reaction to this statement. What might that look like?
Q: Write down one truth about your faith or God that you learned in a previous battle.
- Read Exodus 14:14 – God fights for you. Write this verse in your journal, or where you can see it throughout the day.