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I’ve walked the cancer journey with a friend recently and some of her family members put their trust in the doctors, science and alternative therapies…while the patient put her trust in her Heavenly Father who could choose to bring about a healing or not.
Despite the cancer that ravaged her body…she never gave up the notion that God could heal her. She believed that we were all given a certain number of days from the day of our birth to live out. She chose to live them out with reckless abandon in her early years where she was young and carefree. With age comes wisdom and she began down a road of restoration in her later years which included coming to the real knowledge of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
During her cancer valley she prayed with people, and sought comfort in the scriptures. She continued to put down spiritual roots and invest in those around her. There was a light that shined from her that people were drawn to. Though most of her days were cloudy with storms always hovering around the edges, she chose to focus on the glimpses of the SON.
She chose to praise God whether she was healed or whether she wasn’t.
One of my favorite shows is Storm Stories. I love to hear about people’s preparations for a storm, what they clung to during the storm and key things that made them successful in weathering the storm. But if there was no storm, there would be no story.
Our lives are like that. The story…is in our storms and how we whether them. Whether we trust God to deliver us and protect us or not. When we allow Him to truly reign in the midst of it … He gets the Glory. The decision whether to trust or not, I believe happens before the first drop of turmoil or trouble.
My friend made a commitment before her diagnosis to trust God in any type of weather. As I watched her lingering between both worlds; with cancer exiling her from earth while her citizenship in heaven was being finalized, I realized she had weathered a storm no one would ever want to face. And while she didn’t control the weather…she was still living out and controlling her “whether”.
Her storm preparation was a grounding in the word. She was successful by keeping her eyes on Jesus and filling her mind with all things regarding Him. Each day she Put on the Full Armor:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:10-18
She focused not on man’s diagnosis but on what the Great Physician’s prognosis was. The doctors were amazed that she eeked out as much time as she did on earth, beyond their expectations, and though she was not healed on this side of eternity…she was healed. She is out of the storm.
Her storm story is a beacon for others, yours can be to.
What’s your “whether” forecast? Will you trust him Whether or not? Have you weathered a storm? People need to hear your storm story. Ponder sharing it here or with someone. If God brought you through something, give Him the glory and share the story, it could make and eternal difference in someone’s life. Wondering about your “Whether” forcast? I’ll be happy to pray with you. Connect with me over at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kissed-by-the-Creator/141769015852210 or here and I’ll be glad to help you shore up a storm preparation plan.