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.