Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Victory over Cancer and the Will of God

As my regular readers know, I was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Since the diagnosis it has been a whirlwind of tests, procedures, and doctor’s appointments that resulted in major surgery, several days in the hospital and now recovery at home. Though there has been pain in the journey, all along the way I have been carried by the peace of Christ and the prayers of the saints of God.

The doctor recently called with some good news. They had sent tissue samples off to a lab for testing after my surgery. All the samples came back clean. The cancer was contained in the colon and did not spread. So when they cut out that part of my colon, they got all the cancer and I am now cancer free. For that I am grateful, and for that God deserves the praise.

The same day that I received the wonderful news that my cancer was gone I also heard some discouraging news that a dear friend’s cancer markers had gone up instead of down. Even as I rejoiced that my own situation was now much better, I wept knowing that hers was getting worse. I asked God why He would let me off so easy but allow Margie to suffer even more. That is a question that often haunts me as I try to minister to people in this sin cursed world.

It may be easy for those who do not know Margie to conclude that I must somehow have more faith, or be more spiritual, or somehow more deserving of a cure from cancer. But those would be wrong conclusions. Margie and her husband served alongside us for many years when we were church planting missionaries in Vermont. The villages we served were similar in size and our sacrifices equal. If anything, she has sacrificed more because I eventually moved to a bigger town and my ministry grew as a result, but she and her husband have remained in a small village sharing the love of Jesus with a fairly unresponsive community. I know Margie and her husband to be people of intense prayer and great faith. They are surrounded by a remarkable prayer team who pray against her cancer regularly. And yet her cancer remains while mine is gone. It is not a matter of one being more spiritual than another or one having greater faith than the others. It is simply a matter of the will of God.

I confess I do not understand the ways of God as He makes His will known to us. I confess I do not always like the way God does things, especially in times like this. But I do trust Him. He knows what He is doing and somehow, all of this pain works out for good to those who love God and are called to His purposes. That includes my dear friend Margie.

Rejoice with me in my victory over cancer. Give praise to God for answered prayer and for His power to overcome anything. Then pray for Margie in her ongoing fight and ask God to help her experience the same victory.


And the next time we see someone struggling more than us in our church or community, we must be careful not to assume they are somehow less spiritual or holy than us. They may be far more intense in their prayer time and level of faith, but for reasons that only God knows and understands, He has allowed them to walk through a trial of fire deeper than us.  They need our support, love and understanding, not our dark thoughts and judgmental attitudes. Let us pray. Let us love each other. Let us wonder in the ways of God and trust Him above all things. Amen.

10 comments:

  1. Praising God for healing you, Terry, and praying for Margie

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  2. u r blog is both cool and interesting--God has a plan for each of us--Bless u terry for touching so many lives

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Praising God for what He has done with you and I also pray for Margie...

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  4. Keeping Margie in my prayers. and praise The Lord for your healing.

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  5. Praying for Margie, very thankful for your healing.

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  6. We go way back with Bobby and Margie, at Ballast Point Baptist Church in Tampa, Fl. They are fine Christians folks and have faith beyond measure. They have been through some deep waters but the Lord has and is seeing them through. Our prayers are for Margie's healing but that God would cover them with His grace, no matter the outcome!

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  7. Lisa Seaman WrightApril 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Terry, I am so grateful to our God for your healing and recovery. I will be praying for Margie. We must have faith in His plan though it may be difficult to understand at times. We know in our hearts that He knows what He is doing. Our trust must be in Him as we watch His plan for us unfold.

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  8. We continue to rejoice in God's goodness!

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. I have frequently struggled with why some are healed and others are not. You have a way with words. God bless you and Margie. I will add her to my prayer list. Again, thanks for sharing!

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  10. May I recommend Philip Yancey's latest book, "The Question That Never Goes Away - Why?" It's a follow up to his classic, "Where Is God When It Hurts". One of the best books I've ever read as to why bad things happen to good people/Christians.

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