I sat in the darkened concert hall this evening behind my husband who was sitting at the board. This was the first concert I had attended in the new college concert hall which just opened this fall.
The director of the ensemble, who has become a good friend over the years, is a native of Ghana. As I listened to the beautiful music of his homeland, my mind slipped back to when I had sat in that concert hall exactly five years ago on Saturday, December 8, 2007. Less than a week before I attended that concert, I'd learned that I had a tumor which would later be confirmed as cancer.
After that concert in 2007, my husband had several hours of work before him so I drove home alone. It was during that drive that all of my pent-up emotions which had built up during the week came bursting forth. I wrote about it in a blog the following day, December 9, 2007 entitled Teardrops.
That was five years ago. A great deal has happened in during that time. Five years ago, I did not even know if I would still be alive and yet here I am.
As I reflected on that, I suddenly thought of another concert of this same group on December 12, 2009. While I try to attend all of their concerts, I missed that one. You see, on that date I was in ICU after a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke nearly two days before. I later found out a song was dedicated to me at that concert and people were urged to remember me in their prayers.
Five years after a cancer diagnosis and three years after the aneurysm, I was sitting at yet another concert. Who would have known back then that such a thing would happen?
For five years I have been trying to share the message at CB that regardless of what we face or endure in this world, God is with us. I believed it back then and I believe it now.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
Don't ever forget it.