Day 5 of 21
Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
It’s breast cancer awareness month and have to take this opportunity to write about my brave and courageous mom. Thankfully, she is a breast cancer survivor and doing great! She spends her spring, summer and fall with my dad in the mountains of Tennessee at River Plantation RV Park. And she also spends many hours each week working at Dollywood. Ah, the golden years!
In late 2009, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember feeling overwhelmed with emotion. As a pastor, I had helped many people work through the process of a not-so-good diagnosis. Sometimes the road led to remission and recovery and other times the road led to death. And now I am wondering, where will my mom’s road end.
Family and friends circled the wagons and committed to praying and believing. My mom has served the Lord my whole life. Since I was a baby, mom has prayed with families and encouraged them with Scripture from the Bible and believed for their answers. Now, we would do that for her.
But I noticed something about her. Though she would want and need our prayers and support, she faced the giant called cancer with great bravery and courage. She had witnessed God’s help on many occasions and she believed He would help her with this as well. Whether healing her or allowing this to be the end, her faith seemed strong.
In Philippians 4:9, Paul gives some great instruction that will work in any season but especially in the season of trouble. He says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Mom wasn’t courageous and brave because she was Wonder Woman. She had learned of the Lord’s faithfulness. She had heard and experienced His continual presence. She had received His strength in times past. And now she would remember those times and face this adversary with bravery and courage.
From every chemo and radiation treatment, to losing her hair (thankfully it grew back) and battling fatigue, the battle intensified. Mom pressed on with courage and bravery. My dad never left her side. He was an incredible helpmate to her. All three of us boys, our wives and countless friends walked alongside of her. But even greater, the God of peace was clearly with her.
Today, she is cancer free and we are thankful for all the Lord has done. She wears her pink ribbon as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and an encouragement to others who are fighting cancer. She has helped so many people deal with this terrible epidemic. I’m so proud of her courage and her faith.
What are you facing today? Are the odds stacked against you? Have you received some overwhelming news? Approach it with bravery and courage. Not because you are strong but because God is strong. Because you remember that He has helped you in the past. Because you know “with God, all things are possible.”
Take a moment today to “be still” before Him. Let him increase your strength with Himself. And may the God of peace be with you.