Lessons Learned

I am just beginning my cancer journey, a mere neophyte at this. Although the surgery is over, more treatment is to come. Yet I feel, watching others suffer through different variations on this disease, that my case is so mild that I hardly qualify for all the cards and prayers I have received. So many others have gone through so much more–some of them with a grace and a faith that inspire me.

One of those people, Cheryl Barton, missionary to Japan, has written about her very difficult journey and the lessons she has learned. One of her conclusions:

“God is worthy of praise. Always. Forever. No matter what CT scans and blood tests show and doctors proclaim. No matter how I feel. No matter what. None of these change or challenge the always faithful, always powerful, always in control God. I join the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk to proclaim, ‘Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior’ (3:17-18).”

To read the rest of her post about lessons learned through cancer, visit her blog, Even Monkeys Fall From Trees.

About susanmaas

I grew up in the green state of Oregon, coming to love the birds, flowers, and other wild things of the woods. Our family homeschooled for sixteen years, spending wonderful vacations at the beach or camping in the western United States and British Columbia. For most of my adult life, I have been a part-time writer, creating personal experience stories, homeschooling articles, devotionals, Sunday school curriculum, and children's stories and books. I enjoy looking for signs of the eternal in nature and the small, everything events in our lives.
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2 Responses to Lessons Learned

  1. Susan,

    I followed your link from our LinkedIn group to your blog and have been reading of your journey with cancer. Thanks for sharing. God grows us through the hard times. As we yield to Him, He can be glorified through our struggles.

    As we began our own cancer journey (my husband was diagnosed in January with terminal stage IV pancreatic cancer), the thought the Lord brought to mind from a recent Bible study I had been teaching was, “Don’t let this trial be wasted!” So we cling to Him and all the truths in His Word. Depite my tendency to want to keep private things private, I have blogged openly of our journey. I have been amazed how God has been able to use our openness for His glory.

    Rosie
    http://RosieRamblesOn.WordPress.com

  2. susanmaas says:

    Hi, Rosie! Thanks for your encouragement. You and your husband face a difficult time. I pray the doctors are wrong, and that God chooses to heal. I have a friend with prostate cancer who was given two years to live in 2002 and is still going strong today, so it is possible. And in any case, I pray God grants strength and peace to you both. Good can come even out of terrible situations–and it sounds like you already know that. I will check out your blog, too. Thanks for sharing!

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