Sunday, October 6, 2013

Who's Your Daddy, Cancer?

Waiting.  I seriously think that is one of the hardest things about cancer.  For those in the middle of the battle, fighters and frontline hand-holders, the waiting creeps in, one doctor's appointment to another.  Without much warning, we suddenly feel like we are frozen and everyone else just keeps flying by at the speed of life.  So much of fighting cancer is wait and see, and don't hesitate to let the good doctor know if anything changes.    It's the hang in there period, the learning to live with it, the try not to think about it every second, the go on with your life now part, the hold on to your dear life, your family, and your friends, all the in-between times that are so difficult to figure out.  The unknown, the uncertainty, the unpredictability of it all, and more waiting with precious life on the line, that's the real struggle with cancer.  We all know it's ugly, but when we have to look at it square in the face of someone who is part of who we are, we really see just how hard it is.  

Cancer is one of those dreaded storms in life.  It comes out of no where, catches us by surprise, and sweeps over us.  It scares us.  It hurts.  It does not discriminate.  It throws us in over our heads.  It makes us feel like we could drown.  Matthew says it this way,

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
2The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Storms come and storms go, no matter what we do or don't do for ourselves.  BUT, and there is a BIG but, God is more powerful than any storm, even cancer.  AND, thank goodness, He is always with us.  He does not come and go.  Cancer does not scare him.  He is here for eternity fighting for us.  Just look to Jesus and hear him.   

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Cancer is shackled by time and space.  God is limitless.  Cancer can't touch God, but God can definitely touch cancer.  There's nothing God cannot do for us, in us, and through us.  Cancer is no match for God.  It has no real power.  Cancer has no Father in Heaven, no Lord and Savior, and no Holy Spirit within.  We have God power.  God so loves us and cancer is so limited.  

A big thanks to my Aunt Lyric for sharing this.

My daddy, Our Father in Heaven, is stronger than cancer.  He's bigger than cancer.  He has a plan that is way better than stupid cancer.  He will beat cancer down and lift us up.  Our mighty God will take yucky, ugly, disgusting, mean, hateful cancer and work it for good and His glory (Romans 8:28).  God is devoted to using our furious storms to bring about life's greatest blessings.  And do you know what?  God does that while we wait and see in His strong, loving arms.    

I write this today for all the cancer fighters and frontline hand-holders because I know the waiting is hard.  My mom is fighting breast cancer and my sister and I, along with a few angels in her life, are frontline hand-holders.  I know many others have gone down this road before us.  My prayer is for you.  You are not alone.

A prayer for today-

Dear Heavenly Father,

I am so thankful to be Your child.  I am thankful for Your Son, Jesus, who saves me, and I am thankful for Your Holy Spirit who fills me and guides me.  I know, God, You are bigger than every storm I face, even cancer.  Today, I pray for all those who are battling cancer, fighters and frontline hand-holders.  I also pray for all the cancer fighters who have already won the battle and are in Heaven with You.  I pray for their loved ones.  Please, Lord, fill them with Your presence and wrap them in Your strong, loving arms.  Give them courage and peace.  Bless those who are waiting.  Heal them in the ways only You know best.  Beat cancer down, God, and use it for good and Your glory.  I pray for Your Kingdom to come and Your will to be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.

In Jesus' name I pray,


Love of Christ,

* For those of you following Mom's story, she is having several scans done on Monday and her one-year follow-up since starting her cancer treatments on Tuesday.  We appreciate your prayers more than you know.

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