What Cancer Taught Me
by Teresa Marshall
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Cancer cannot take away the new freshness of each morning. For the Lord’s faithfulness is new and brand new each morning. Lamentations 3:23 “They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” They is referring to his mercies in very 22. (KJV) The Lord will prove His faithfulness over and over. I remember at night when only the Lord and I. met. He brought me through those never-ending nights. As I learned from Him, my faith began to grow stronger. Cancer brought a freshness of new faith in the Lord.
Cancer cannot keep me from having a song within my heart. As the birds sing their cheerful songs, because they know the Lord is providing for them. Scripture says “The Lord knows we are more important than the birds and He feeds them. The birds chirping, reminds me to keep a melody within my own heart... “For a merry heart doth good as medicine.” It is important to keep a positive attitude while going through cancer and chemo. Look for the “everyday blessings.” Cancer creates enough stress without adding to it with negative thinking.
Cancer cannot keep me from enjoying life. At this time I became skillful in playing Ntendo games. I found positive minded friends who knew how to enjoy life as well. I enjoyed hearing my friends laugh. A friend of mine sent me cartoons. I enjoyed watching Bugs Bunny! So find what helps you to take pleasure in life and to keep a positive outlook.
Cancer cannot take away family memories. It is while going through cancer that memories are made. I saw my family drawn closer. There were times of reminiscing.
Relationships were restored, because I didn’t know if I’d have tomorrow. I mainly wanted my family to have a right relationship with the Lord.
Cancer is powerless over prayer. The Lord increased my prayer life. I did have more time to pray on my “good days” from chemo. I remember entering the ER room and asking the Lord to give me the right medical doctor. The Lord gave me the best doctors during that year and a half. He also provided excellent nursing staff. This gave me opportunity to pray for them. Prayer is more valuable to me.
Cancer cannot limit the sufficiency of God’s grace. The morning my doctor told me that I had ovarian cancer. The verse, “My grace is sufficient and my grace is made perfect in time of weakness.” II Corinthians. 12:9, 12 went through my mind. Looking back, I can see that having had cancer has brought me closer to the Lord. He wants me to be totally dependent up on Him. In my weakness I drew up on His strength.
Cancer cannot scare me with death. Because of cancer, I “had” to face the reality of death. One night before my second operation, the doctor called me in for some emergency testing. She thought the cancer had spread to my liver. My initial thought is, “I’m dying.” I didn’t know if I’d hear the doctor say, ‘You have six weeks, six more or less.” While going through the tests, the Lord gave His unexplainable peace that surpassed all human understanding. I felt assured that either way, I would come out a winner. Romans chapter eight states, that “Nothing shall separate me from the love of God.” (Italics mine.)
For me, having gone through cancer twice, I know the Lord continues to work His plans and purpose in my life. I say, “Thank you Lord, for the opportunity to encourage someone in their journey and to lighten their load, makes it all worth while
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Teresa, this is a wonderful autobiography of your faith during your battles with cancer. I will remember your encouraging words and how you used your good days to pray more. Your article says "free to share", and I would like to share it on my web site. Thomas. www.dustonthebible.com