I’ve heard people refer to cancer as the big “C” instead of calling it cancer, others would say the word quietly, or state “we don’t say that word”. In my book cancer is the little “c” and Christ is the big “C”.
I find it interesting that Christ and cancer can both dramatically change a life; both words are hated but thankfully cancer more than Christ. Yet some accept you more readily if you have cancer instead of Christ in your life. With cancer you may die once but without Christ there is a second death far worse.
When the doctor walks into the room with books in hand you know the report is not good. No one likes to hear they have cancer, which has now knocked once more on our door. The doctor visits can have more ups and downs, twist and turns, than the wildest roller coaster ride. Doctors in giving comfort say if you’re going to have any type of cancer this is the best type to have, then give a report that it is aggressive and too advanced for surgery, then continue to eliminate the treatment options leaving you with one – but that they are certain it will be successful. They may say there is only one option but I say they haven’t met my God yet.
When we have a bad report or devastating circumstances in life some tend to keep it under wraps due to fear, shame, embarrassment, or variety of other reasons. The enemy wants nothing more than to keep us silent, tormented and defeated. When there is a battle to be won do we really want to fight it alone instead of having others on our side to support, pray, encourage, and hold us up when necessary? Looking at biblical examples Moses had help holding up his arms while the battle raged on; Jesus took his disciples to the garden in his anguishing hours, He told Peter, John and James, to stay awake and pray. Ecclesiastes says two people are better off than one… If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. We were not meant to face life alone.
Whether it is cancer, betrayed by a spouse, loss of a job, or some other life altering situation – don’t give ear to the enemy – THERE IS HOPE, it is found in Jesus Christ. In troubling times we can’t lean on our own understanding, especially when we have no paradigm grid for what we have not been through before. When we do not know what the future holds we can, and need to, trust in the One who does. His word will be a lamp unto our feet and give comfort as we trust Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge Him and let Him direct our path.
Are you listening? I have something to say…I love you! You are the apple of My eye, the affection of My heart, the one I desire to be with, to talk to, to share what’s on My mind and make known to you the mysteries of heaven. Mainly I want you to know, and understand, how much I love you; it has nothing to do with performance, how good you are, or what you give, I love you just as you are, for who you are.
I was going to post something different today but was impressed to share the following.
Someone is listening (reading) and needs to hear how loved they are. The world has beaten you down and hope is fading. You need to know that God is the God of hope who you can turn to, call out to, and share the deepest hurts, anguish, and feelings with, don’t hold them in; it is like a ticking time bomb, a pressure cooker, waiting to explode. As you release it to Him the pressure, the weights, you carry will also be released. He (God) is not the cause but He is the help.
There was a scripture John 4:26 “Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
This refers to John 4:25, where Jesus is having a conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well – “The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
To add my own comment, the Lord knows who you are, right where you are and the circumstances. He loves you unconditionally and is reaching out to you, do not be afraid or ashamed of anything, take Him up on his offer.
To those who have ears – listen, I was not born yesterday and am unaware of what you face or is going on in the world. I am fully aware of all things, including your specific individual situation. I know all things and the way you should go, trust in Me. When you think no one listens or cares, I do. When your heart is heave and burdened, weighed down under the cares of life and you want to unload – give them to Me. In those times you feel you are walking alone, look beside you – there I am; look ahead – I have gone before you; look behind – I have you covered, there is no where you can go where I am not. I would like to be more than a silent presence – include Me in the everyday happenings of your life, minor, mundane, and major, I’m here for you through it all.
Do not be so hard on yourself that you push Me away. Know that I love you, accept my forgiveness, come receive of My mercy and grace. Come closer, do not stand afar off, come – come near and receive My love, feel the warmth of My presence and know that I am for you; come, come even closer.
What do you wait for, is it Me? Those who wait on Me do not wait in vain. How long will you wait to hear Me or see the move of My hand? You do not wait in vain; wait with an expectancy, full of faith unwavering, and you shall surely see My glory.
It’s a new day and I’m right here, don’t leave Me on the shelf as you walk out the door; I’ll do you no good left there. Let’s do this day together, I’ve got great plans. Ready?
Storms come in many forms; what is a storm for one may be a rainy day for another and vice versa. But storms…they do come.
When it’s dark with the winds of adversities howling and beating against us – fear nips at our heals trying to shake our foundation. When we feel we can barely stand another moment there seems to be a still small voice saying “My little one, listen to the sound of My voice, I will safely guide you through”. In that moment a glimmer of hope begins to dawn, casting a glance heavenward in surrender we tune our ears to hear more; tenderly He says “Come, My child, come closer, let Me hold you and comfort your distressed heart. My peace I give to you, don’t let circumstances rattle you; I have promised to always be with you in the good and difficult times. There is nothing you can’t handle when you are holding My hand”. Though storms continue to rage around a peace warms us, starting from within, as we hold onto His words.
When we gain our bearing one might ask, Lord, why did you not speak sooner when I was trying so hard to hear you? He gently replies “Why do you strive so hard in your mind – by your will, to hear Me, listen and hear with your heart. A cluttered mind has difficulty hearing, as does a spirit in unrest. Let My peace fill you, in the quiet place you can hear Me better”. When we try to make the Lord speak by an act of our will we become anxious and at unrest.
When we consider King David, a mighty warrior, he never said he was unafraid but that “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear…” Ps 56:3-4. We need to consider what we are thinking about, are we thinking and speaking in fear or faith. Is our words lining up with His words. Is our mind dwelling on all the past victories and times the Lord has seen us through hard situations or, are we listening to peoples horror stories and dwelling on worst case scenarios instead of praying in faith, and for grace to see us through. Many burdens are too heavy to carry alone, we are invited to “give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” Ps 55:22.
I pray that when the storms rage that, like Jesus, we will be filled with peace and can rest in the tossing boat, secure and confident in our heavenly Father to see us through; that our ears will be open to hear His still small voice; his words of comfort, encouragement, hope, and promises. And, in faith, say to the storm – peace be still.
Listen little one to the sound of My voice and I will safely guide you through.
Come My child, come closer, let Me hold you and comfort your distressed heart. My peace I give to you, don’t let circumstances rattle you, I have promised to always be with you in the good and difficult times. There is nothing you can’t handle when you are holding My hand.