I went to see a radiation oncologist today and heard the words I've been waiting to hear without my prompting them. As she flipped through my chart she said "I see you are now cancer-free." Yes, I'd been told there was no lymph node involvement. Yes, I knew the tissue samples two centimeters away from the tumor did not show any indication of cancer cells. However, there is just something special about actually hearing the words cancer-free !
My thoughts turned to a passage of scripture I had read yesterday morning.
1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came upon me;
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD :
"O LORD, save me!"
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
6 The LORD protects the simplehearted;
when I was in great need, he saved me.
7 Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the LORD has been good to you.
8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:1-9 (NIV)
Over the past six months, there have been many times when I felt like I was living between life and death. While I was not enduring external persecution, it was as if my own body had betrayed me and left to it's own devices, it would destroy itself and become uninhabitable. People can talk about going to heaven all they want but that's usually because they're in fine health and they're not expecting to get an eviction notice from their body anytime soon. Most people suddenly decide life isn't so bad after all when they suddenly get faced with their own mortality.
It is so easy to let trouble and sorrow overwhelm us. It is so easy to get discouraged. If we are not careful, we will behave as if we are walking in the land of the dead. We forget God's promises. We listen to the enemy's voice rather than the voice of God. We shove aside the loving arms of the Body of Christ. We must not do that.
There was a time when David was hunted like an animal by his own father-in-law. He had been chosen by God to be King of Israel. However, a lot of time passes before he gets crowned and sits on that throne. Most of the time, he is either in battle or running for his life!
David knew what he was talking about when he wrote:
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Psalm 116:3It would have been so easy for him to have shaken his fist at God in anger. It would have been so easy for him to have lost his will to live and die. It's easy for us to do those things too. When we do that, we are walking as if we are dwelling in the land of the dead.
Instead, David calls upon the Lord. He understands that God is his only hope. He knows that God is the only source of true life. God hears David's cry and he delivers him. He delivers his soul (note David doesn't say his body) from death so that he could walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
As Christians, we must not live like we're dwelling in the land of the dead. Who on earth would want to join us there? We are alive in Christ Jesus and we need to remember we are now walking in the land of the living; regardless of the physical world around us. [bible]John 10:10[/bible]
Let me be the first to congratulate you on the most wonderful news you could possibly hear!! (I will not bore you with all the little clapping hands things).
I am so thankful for this blessing in your life and I pray you and your family plan a special DOO just to celebrate. I know many of us have been praying for you and hearing this wonderful report brings great joy and rejoicing to our hearts as well as yours and your family. Anyway, I am truly thankful to our gracious and loving God for His healing touch upon your life.
Thanks for sharing your heart, your fears and your battles with us the past six months. That sharing has helped others as they battle their own giants. I am truly blessed for you.
Praise the Lord. Thank you Lord for answered prayer. I am so happy to hear the news! God is so good!
I unlike our brother b2y like the little clappin' guy. :)
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this news with us! What a wonderful God we serve.
And thank you for sharing Psalm 116 too.
Verses 8 and 9 brought me to tears this morning. I needed that.
You are a blessing and inspiration to us all.
That is wonderful news! Praise the Lord! Thank you for sharing this and your journey to healing with us... you are an inspiration! :)
I, too, celebrate your diagnosis! Cancer-free are some pretty awesome and comforrting words. Mom is still cancer-free as well! I'll dance instead of clap, LOL! Dancing for you and praying for God's protection to keep it that way . Love ya K and I'll keep praying sister! Andrea
So pleased to hear your joyous news. What a wonderful moment it must have been when you heard the doctor say those words. What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus our Lord.
You have been such an inspiration to us, during your time fighting this huge battle......you and God, together.
Much Christian love, mumbly x x