When we began this blog, we decided to limit it to the facts of my condition and the strategies to treat cancer for the purposes of keeping loved ones informed of my condition. However, besides physical, mental and spiritual are big components of this journey. For those of you who know me well you know that I have placed my faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and proclaim Jesus, the Jewish king, as my Savior. Without that faith, I’m not sure how I could cope with my condition. The following is how I’m able to reconcile my faith with this cancer:
Isaiah 6:8 and I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “whom shall I send and who will go for us?” Then I said, “here I am! Send me.”
Routinely my prayers always include a request to God to use me, place me where I can have the highest and best impact for His kingdom and then give me the courage to GO. In addition, I always ask that He draw my family and friends to Him and that one day they all accept Jesus as their Savior. Maybe my prayers are in the early stages of being answered. Maybe my new platform will allow me to share my faith with each one of them and present the gospel direct, loving, and crystal clear. If I can’t or won’t, this journey will have been in vain. However, if because of my condition I’m able to point all or some to the cross, then every single cancer cell would have been worth it. I know that I cannot save anyone but if can get them to take a look, I am positive that the Holy Spirit and the truth will win the day. I imagine 100 years from now when we all are together in God’s kingdom.
Isaiah was a prophet that roamed the earth about 700 years before Jesus’ ministry on earth. Isaiah’s commission was a message of repentance to the nation of Israel. He was abused, ridiculed, and ultimately his message rejected. My platform is going to suck beyond all imagination. Isaiah and I have learned that maybe you should be careful what you ask for or have a good idea of what the assignment is before volunteering. But if both result in glory to God and salvation to some, it will have been worth every step.
One final thought – One does not get to a “better place” by simply passing away, as you hear so often at so many funerals. Romans 10:9 is a good place to start and grow in your faith from there. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”