In the spring of 2008, I fled here to CB late one night. My body was struggling to recover from the recent infusion of a chemo drug called Taxol. In some people, this drug attacks your nervous system and causes pain receptors to misfire creating "phantom-pain". They may call it phantom-pain but believe me, it feels like the real thing. In fact, it feels worse for I had never experienced such horrible, burning, unrelenting pain and I pray that I will never have to do so. There is nothing they can do for such pain. Just writing about it is not an easy thing to do.
I have told the story here before about how a member, half a world away from me, heard my "cry" in cyberspace and immediately rushed to my side, so to speak. I will never forget something they told me always remember. They told me to remember that even now, even as I was going through all of that, God was writing my testimony. That helped me get my focus off my pain and back to God... where it belonged.
When I look back at the events that have unfolded in my life since that time, I realize that God has indeed transformed my "trials" into "testimonies". They have taught me much and even now, as I am facing a new challenge, I am finding myself reflecting back upon the lessons I have learned over the years. Lessons learned as I trudged along on a "dark path"; lessons learned from trials.
Our God can take our trials and transform them into testimonies! He turns our trials into gold, transforming them into an unexpected treasure. Now, how cool is that?
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28