Earlier this evening, I took a peek at some of my blogs which had recent views from other websites. To my surprise, I saw one which I published back on March 2, 2009 exactly one year after my first chemo infusion hit me full force.
The blog is entitled The Lessons Cancer Has Taught Me This Year. While I would love to feature or sponsor this blog, I have discovered it is just a bit further back in the CB attic than what John B. Abela (@abelajohnb) will allow me to drag out so I have provided a link to that blog within this blog for anyone who desires to take a peek at it in it's entirety.
Within that blog, I list four key lessons I learned from my experience with cancer. While your battle might be with an entirely different issue, I think these are lessons which are valuable for anyone walking on a "dark path".
I believe one of the most damaging lies the enemy promotes amongst Christians is that we should do everything on our own... indeed, he has even managed to convince many Christians that it is wrong for them to lean on one another in any manner. To do so, he says, is to be putting your trust in people rather than God. As usual, the enemy takes something and twists it into a falsehood. Our trust is to be in God but that does not mean God does not want us to love and support one another. It does not mean we can't cry on the shoulder of one of His children. To be ministered to by others within the Body of Christ is one of the ways God encourages, strengthens and pours out His love upon us.
You are stronger than you think.
This is not to suggest that we are to rely on our own strength. Rather we need to realize that God willingly gives us the strength and the resources to overcome anything we must face. We need to remember that. He will always give us access to what we need when we need it. The question is, will we grab it and use it?
God turns our darkness into light.
A favorite passage of scripture of mine is
You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28Regardless of how dark or difficult the road gets, we must not forget that. We must allow these words to burn within our hearts!
You will not walk a dark path forever.
While it might seems like you have been on that path forever, it is but one brief moment in time. It is not forever!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
I read these precious words every day. Some day all the trials and afflictions we have endured will be forgotten when we see Him face to face. He will wipe away every tear from our eye and all sorrow and mourning shall pass away. And we will dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER!!!!
[quote]1. You can't do this on your own
2. You are stronger than you think
3. God turns our darkness into light
4. You will not walk a dark path forever[/quote]
Amen! And THAT is why we not only have God, we have each other!