Over the past few months my husband of 20 years has had to undergo chemo therapy treatments, and to tell you that it was a walk in the park would be a lie, so I will not say that.
At the very beginning of this journey when it was fresh and we were filled with fear of the unknown the Lord very graciously showed us some key scriptures that have helped put things into perspective along the way, today I would like to share some of these scriptures with you in the hopes that you will be encouraged in the journey that you are on.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.
Now this I know:
The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
LORD, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!
I believe that through this scripture the Lord gave me the direction that we needed to keep our hearts and our minds trained and that was on him, I felt like the was saying to me at the time, not only am I going to hear you and answer you in your distress, but I will also give you what you desire, and that is your husbands life, and that the plans that we had to follow with the doctors would succeed as well.
I also believe that God really emphasized for me in this verse that we were not to put our whole trust in the doctors and the medicines and their treatments, but we were to trust in Him!
We are now on the other side of treatment and my husband has been given a clean bill of health, Full Remission is the words that they used! To God be all of the Glory for the great things that he has done!
He also turned my attention to:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
What I believe the Lord was saying to me with this verse was that I should not be surprised by the trial that was set before us, and realize that it was not a form of punishment or anything like that, but when these trials come to us, that it will produce within us perseverance so that we may become complete and mature in Christ Jesus.
I can tell you that now that we are on the other side of this trial, that we have indeed experienced a maturing in our faith, a depth of understanding of God and his love and goodness towards us as well as his father heart of tenderness to us, as we sometimes really struggled through the harder days.
He would send a friend, or reveal a verse in scripture or fill us with a peace that was not logical for that day and its circumstance and through it all we had the assurance that we were not walking through this trial alone.
The next important scripture that the Lord revealed to me was also found in the Psalms 84:1-12
|My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.|
|Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.|
|Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you|
|Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.|
|As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools|
|They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.|
|Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob.|
|Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.|
|Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.|
|For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.|
|LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
I knew when the Lord brought me to this passage that even though I walk through valleys where weeping is the norm, even there new life will come through and I will go from strength to strength in the Lord!
I saw this play out daily in our 6 month ordeal, when we thought we could not take another step God would intervene and strengthen us and teach us another fruit of his spirit, like peace, or joy, or love, or long suffering, patience or even kindness.
As my husband and I have had time to sit and reflect on all that has transpired over the last 6 months, we both have agreed, that we would not have given up a moment of that trial, because the fruit that has blossomed in both of us has been invaluable.
It might sound strange to think that from something hard, something so good could come from it, but it has.
We both have learnt to trust the Lord with everything, even our next breath. We have learnt that God is truly working out all things even the bad for our good, for our growth and development in Jesus Christ. We have learnt that nothing is impossible for God and he will provide for our daily needs and even our wants.
We have learnt that at the beginning of this journey we could not see the end, but the bible teaches that we are to have faith in Christ even when we cannot see the end.
I want to leave you with a parting thought, and that is this, YOU CAN TRUST GOD IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE AND HE WILL MOST DEFINITELY SEE YOU THROUGH