There are some issues occurring in life that of themselves appear to have no rhyme or reason. Four years on from the removal of a non-malignant brain tumour the size of a mandarin, I am faced with another situation which requires me to grasp hold of God’s hand and keep my eyes fixed on Him. With the diagnosis of a brain tumour four years ago I made the decision that I would not fear my circumstances. Instead I went eyeball to eyeball with God, and refused to speak or hear anything that would take me away from that peace that God gave me. Through it all I gained a much deeper yet simpler understanding of God. Twenty four hours after what the neurosurgeon described as very serious surgery, I was sitting up in bed eating breakfast! The possibility of another tumour didn’t even enter my thoughts. During my recent MRI, however, a small tumour was detected on the same site as the previous one. Given that the MRI two years ago was clear, this new tumour has developed sometime over the past two years. At the present time it is far smaller than the previous one was at the time of surgery, and it presents none of the acute pain that the first one did. I confess to being rather surprised, given that I was not aware of any symptoms. But then rather like the sin in our lives, the development of a brain tumour starts as a miniscule menace. If left unchecked, both sin and brain tumours can develop into something large enough to cause incredible pain. Just as I experienced with the first brain tumour, I have a choice. I can choose to focus on the tumour or I can focus on God. It is impossible to do both. In my Christian life I need to do the same. The more I am eyeball to eyeball with God, the less of the world I have to deal with – or trip over! If there is one thing I am absolutely certain of, it is that my life does not depend on what is happening to my body. No! My life depends on the depth of my relationship with God!
I knew there was a reason I was honoured to have you as a friend. The teaching held within this blog is part of that reason.
Thank you for sharing. Praying as to how I can be a blessing or help to you. That includes whatever you would favor me by asking. Other than that, too many words only take away from your blog. God Bless in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
As a cancer survivor, I have to mentally be prepared for the possibility of recurrence. I have seen too many people who were told they were "cured" and to move on with their lives, only to be completely devastated when they learn that it has returned. While I must, for my own good, acknowledge that possibility I too can still choose to keep my focus on God.
[quote]If there is one thing I am absolutely certain of, it is that my life does not depend on what is happening to my body. No! My life depends on the depth of my relationship with God! [/quote]
This is something I know to be true as well! As long as we live in this world there will be things like pain, suffering and even death. We cannot completely escape any of these things. However, though our flesh may be restricted to this world forever, we are not. Our God is greater and nothing can snatch us out of His hand!
We have walked this path together for some years now and I am so grateful to God for our friendship (and cheap international telephone calls:wink:). If there is one thing that is certain, [quote]We cannot completely escape any of these things[/quote] Having said that, God has given us the means to go through the fire and, as you say, "nothing can snatch us out of His hand!" Praise God!
I well remember back then in the chat room and you said you were never afraid. I could not even grasp that then or even now. But I know your strength in God and that it is so.
For me this journey has meant -do it afraid and TRUST God to see me through it. It has certainly been a lesson in Trust - Love and Amazing Grace.
Sister Kiwibird, yes when we walk with God , we know that He will never give us anything that we cannot take. He has a purpose and He will guide us for whatever He allows into our lives.
I only pray that the Lord willl perform the same miracle as He has done before and even in greater measure and in greater way for He is able to do more than we can think or imagine.
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and look to Him for every need and the miracle that He will bring in His time.
Thanks for sharing
From Hwa Silverpen
Oh, Hwa Silverpen, we are so blessed! To know that God is our covering and our guide. I don't know what the future holds but I know who is going to be there with me. Thank you for your prayers.
May God bless you and protect you as you continue to do the work that He has called you to.
Love in Jesus
You have been and continue to be a source of great inspiration for me dear friend. Your strength and courage to not only deal with this situation but to openly talk about it is an incredible witness to your faith and trust in God. Thank you for being so honest and thank you for giving this whole thing to God totally. My prayers, of course, are with you and the love of Christ in my heart abounds toward you.
Just read this tonight...unbelievable...I am sending you a big HUG and appreciate your resolution to focus on Christ and not the storm that rages around you...you are such a special friend...I am praying for you!!!! Keep us posted!! I am so thankful they caught it seemingly early!