I think cancer is one of the most frightening diagnoses possible. People talk about the “Big C” and blood runs cold. Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it’s like getting a death threat in the mail or having somebody sue you. For years and years it hangs over your head: Whether or not it actually kills you, it impacts the rest of your life and is always in the back (or front) of your mind.Even finding a lump somewhere it shouldn’t be just about freezes us. Alan’s sister is having testing done on one of her lungs. She may be fine or have a treatable problem, but just the thought that she might have cancer sends us into an emotional tailspin and makes it hard to concentrate on anything else!Last night we had the extremely rare privilege of sharing dinner with some dear friends. Tom is just in the recovery process from a successful (so far, praise God) stem cell transplant. He’s still house-bound and can only have a few very special visitors. I feel like we won the lotto that we were able to be with them last night.
Why? Because in Tom and Lynn’s life, the truly Big C is Christ! They just radiate the love of God in their lives and know that they are safe in His hands. Whether by life or by death, God will be praised and exalted in their lives. Amen!
May the quiet assurance of God’s sovereignty over the affairs of man and the knowledge that he loves us and cares for us—that he will be with us in all the storms of our lives, give us peace and comfort…not only if we’re facing cancer, but in every insecurity and specter of disaster that is engulfing us or may lie ahead.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21