Last Monday, I wrote a blog about God being the Darkness-Slayer. I shared about darkness which had settled down around me and threatened me late Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning. I wrote about how God had dispelled the darkness with one blow.
On Tuesday evening, I went to my cancer survivor group meeting. Ironically, the topic dealt with our emotions and how we handled them. People were invited to share what their emotions were that day. At first, I was reluctant to share. I wondered if people would think I was in denial or something like that. Especially since some people in the group are really struggling with depression. This is a common problem with people who have had a disease which can recur at any time. When the disease has the potential to be fatal, it can be even more overwhelming. I decided to go ahead and share what I was feeling that day.
The joy and peace I experienced early Sunday morning had not faded. It still hasn't.
As I spoke I felt enthusiasm growing within me. I don't have to live in fear and darkness. I walk with the God of Hope and Peace! Can anything be more wonderful than that?
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Are feelings of fear and hopelessness going to try to rise up against me? Absolutely! I live in this world and I face the same obstacles every other person faces. There have been times in the past when the waves are so big and dark and the storm is so fierce that I just can't see God. I struggle with all of my might to see him and hear his voice but sometimes the roar of the wind is so loud I get distracted by it and focus on the wind and the waves instead of God. He understands that because God never forgets that we are but dust.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalms 103:13-14
God has slipped His promises into my hand. It is important for me to keep my fist clenched tightly around them so I don't forget they are there.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:20
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalms 4:8
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalms 29:11
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27We must hold these truths tightly in our hands regardless of the wind or waves. We must hold onto them when it appears that our boat is sinking down into the depths of the cold, dark sea and everything is lost. We must hold onto these promises when we feel like God has abandoned us. We must hold onto them when all hope seems to have failed and the world around us mocks at us and says "Where is your God?"
Whatever you do don't let go!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Thank you for sharing!
I think a lot of people will be blessed by your experience and ministry!
Amen K!! Thanks for such an encouraging blog!
I will continue to keep you in my prayers!
so iv gone back up to the roof to dig aroud in the dust and see what i can find.. and this is what ive come across.. K i know that this blog was writtn a few years back.. but i honestly feel that i was meant to find it for such a time as this :) thankyou xx
annndddd i didnt even realise til now that this blog was written on the day i turned 18. cool stuff :)