There is something about that word that strikes fear into the heart of Christ Followers and Non-believers. Cancer does not care who you are and what you believe. It only cares about its survival.
My Mother had colon cancer and breast cancer. Mammograms revealed cysts in her breasts for years, always nothing. Sometimes they were too hard to drain, so surgery was required. I watched every time she would share with me what was going on. My Mom did not share other things that were going on, like passing blood. She actually went to a local doctor (not a Birmingham Doctor). He told her she was under stress and was passing blood because of it because my brother was dying. (I hear a duck.). She believed him, and it did not stop. For 10 years, she bled. For 10 years her body allowed two tumors to grow. The only reason she went to the doctor was because I made her call and make an appointment while I was standing there. My Dad actually called the doctor and told him what was going on.
An ostrich has a bad (and incorrect) reputation of sticking its head in the sand during times of danger. My Mom chose to believe it was nothing, it cost her her life. So now any bump, knot, or lump sends me to an anxiety driven worry. I hate going to the doctor in the first place, but now because of her history I am required to go once a year and every 5 years (opposite ends).
Trust. A simple word that is such a difficult word to follow through on. We trust until proven we cannot trust, right? Doctors are human and make mistakes. Patients trust doctors to diagnose what is wrong with them. That is kind of a blind trust. So how is it we can blindly trust a doctor and not God? Is it because we can see the doctor and the degrees he has on his wall? So, you think you cannot see God. Scriptures reveal God to us.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Ever present God.
Psalm 13:5 “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Creator of the true meaning of love.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” All knowing and complete understanding of past, present and future is our God.
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Giver of Hope and Peace.
I can continue this list of who God is, but I think I would rather challenge you instead. I want to challenge you to come up with your own verses of who God is. I know He is the restorer of my hope, He is my refuge in times of trouble and He deserves my praises 24/7.
As for Cancer, who knows. I will lean on my God for He know my future and He desires to give me a hope and a future.