Those Six dreaded letters: Cancer

Well, yesterday I went to a follow up visit with the surgeon who did my biopsy last Tuesday, March 20th. When he walked into the office he was holding the pathology report. He looked at me and said, “The report says that you have low-grace (1-2) B-cell lymphoma.” I can tell you that that is not what I wanted to hear. All along I felt that I was battling with a parasite that I may have picked up in Brazil last June. Evidently, I was wrong. I hate it when I am wrong, especially in something as life-altering as this is.

I am not really sure what awaits me, but I can be positive because I serve an awesome God. I have often reminded Him, “If we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more shall our Father in heaven give of those who ask Him.” (Matt. 7:11). I have been asking my Father for good things!

This Friday I am suppose to go in for a bone marrow test. They want to check and make sure that the cancer isn’t in my bones. This will determine a treatment plan for the months to come. Aslo, I am going to be going back to the Speciality Hospital next Monday mid-afternoon for a chemo port to be placed under my skin near the coller bone. I guess you can tell the direction were heading here.

I would really request the prayers of all my family, all my friends, the churches that I have pastored in the past, and all of those who make up the wonderful church where I serve the LORD today – Spirit Lake Baptist Church.

A few thoughts that I woke up thinking this morning were: Miracles of God…

  • If God can part the Red Sea for the people of Israel to cross over on dry land, well then, my request for God to heal my lymphatic system is minor.
  • If God can allow the Sun to stand still all day for Joshua, well, then, my request for God to heal my lymphatic system is minor.
  • If King Hezekiah could pray that God would allow him to live an additional 15 years, and God answered him, well, then surely my God still have the same ability today.

My desire is to trust God no matter comes my way on a daily basis. I must not worry about tomorrow – each day has its own issues that I will face. Don’t borrow tomorrows trouble.

Here is something for all of us to think about: I Choose…

  • I choose FAITH – Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
  • I choose TRUST – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will bring it to pass. (Prov. 3:5-6).
  • I choose BELIEF – Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame (Rom. 10:11).
  • I choose CHRIST – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
  • I choose HOPE – There is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God (Heb. 7:19).
  • I choose LIFE – Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live (Deut. 30:19).

Finally, in this post I want to remind all of us what Jesus said to Mary and Martha when He was informed that His friend Lazarus was dead. Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 15:4).


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