Faith Is Not always Easy!
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)
“My Journey Continues"Last week, May 2017, I made three trips to MD Anderson Cancer Center for my periodic MRI and CT Scans. I am in the third year of being "in remission". Every time I go to MD Anderson Cancer Center I see so many physically needy people. I see a lot of people a lot worse off than I am. I never take for granted the health God has given to me.
My daily prayer is that God will help me see the opportunities He provides for me to share how He has blessed me in my journey with cancer. Just the other day I drove my Model T to the Shell Station to fill it up with gasoline. A couple walked up admiring my 1917 Model T. They were asking questions about my car. They were amazed that the gas tank is under the front seat. I have to lift it up in order to get gasoline. They were equally amazed there is not a driver's side door. I have to get in on the passenger side and slide over to the steering wheel. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “There is no driver door because the driver might fall out.”
As we talked I told them that we moved from GA to TX because of MD Anderson Cancer Center and I told them that God had healed me from Stage 4 Lymphoma that spread to the Brain and Thyroid. The lady, pointed to her husband and said, “He’s got Brain Cancer!” He took off his cap and his bald head had scars from surgery. I had opportunity to give them my business card with my web site: www.FaithIsNotAlwaysEasy.com. I tell my story as often as I can.
No matter what is going on in your life, God loves you more than you will ever know. You can turn to Him. He knows all about you. He already knows what you need. There have been many occasions I have quoted Isa 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
My main desire is to tell you and others how God has blessed us: He has given us strength beyond our belief and understanding as He constantly ministers to us. During the many months of treatment in MD Anderson Cancer Center, I always told Linda that the “fun part” was the many opportunities I had to share God's blessings and healing with the medical staff and other patients. While I was in MD Anderson Cancer Center, I felt God brought the whole world to me since and I had opportunities that I would have never have had. Every time I go for a check-up, I have opportunity to talk with people from all over the world. That is fun!
There are some of you who have cancer or some physical malady that you struggle with just like I do. Rest assured, that God knows all about you and as we use opportunities to share with others how God has blessed, God uses that testimony for His glory.
I often wake up in the middle of the night, pray, and quote Psalm 23 in my mind:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” This Psalm helps me understand that because Jesus is my Savior, I’m going to Heaven!” With God, it just keeps getting better and better; the best is yet to come.”
The Apostle Paul says it like this:
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down —
when we die and leave these bodies — we will have a home in heaven,
an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands”
(2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT).