The first Sunday after I was diagnosed with stage-four cancer, the saints’ prayer quilt ministry gave me a special blanket prayed over by our congregation. Another surprise was from a dear friend, who gave me a book by Dr. David Jeremiah called A Bend in The Road. I read chapter one the first week of my cancer treatments, which gave me a lot to think about regarding my perspective “Disruptive moments are divine appointments.”
I asked God to teach me the lessons of lymphoma. I chose to accept the fact that God had permitted my trial to test me. I borrowed this prayer from Dr. Jeremiah: “Dear Lord, you have allowed this in my life. I don’t understand it, but I know that it couldn’t have happened to me unless it was filtered through your loving hands. So, this thing is from you.”
I was encouraged by 2 Corinthians 13:9–10, “But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I wanted more power, more holiness, and more fruit in my walk with God, but I hadn’t expected He would teach me through stage-four cancer. Yet once I submitted to His loving hand, there were blessings along the way. I asked God to teach me the “lessons of lymphoma.” I can testify to others He is able to make you strong in any weakness.God had designed this trial for me, and His presence was enough!