Last year at this time I was celebrating the release of my book Little Women, Big God and facing the possibility of cancer. The month my book released my doctor sent me for a sonogram for a mass around my right ovary. Then she sent me for an MRI. Then she sent me to an oncologist.
Since I lost both of my parents to cancer, just calling to make an appointment with a GYN oncologist rattled me. I had to wait two months for surgery. My extended family wanted me to get a doctor who could see me sooner. Waiting was hard on them too.
While the possibility of ovarian cancer shook me, I experienced a peace that surpassed understanding. My son commented, “Mom, you seem calmer about this than you do about everyday hassles.” I’m not sure that was a compliment! But it was true. This was bigger than I could handle. I had to lean on God. Every time anxiety started to surface I declared His promises.
One verse God led me to was Psalm 118:17 (NIV). “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.” I repeated it out loud many times while I waited for surgery.
The byline of my book is “It’s not the size of your problems, but the size of your God.” God reminded me that He was bigger than any problem.
When I pictured driving up to the towering oncology building I felt like I was facing a giant. In the story of David and Goliath, David told his giant, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty” (1 Sam. 17:45 NIV).David focused on the name of the Lord, not the name of the giant. #power Click To Tweet
David focused on the name of the Lord, not the name of the giant. I realized that whenever I focused on the name of possible giants I felt defeated. If my surgery uncovered a giant named cancer it didn’t change who God was. He was and is still bigger than any giant. He also reminded me that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He is even bigger than death.
Thankfully, my mass was benign. I’m thankful for God’s mercy and for granting me peace when I didn’t know how it would turn out. I’m thankful for all who held me up with their faithful prayers. I guess I needed another reminder: it isn’t the size of my problem, but the size of my God.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33 NLT).
On what are you concentrating? Small problems can rob our joy as surely as big ones if we center on them. When we focus on Jesus instead of our problems we have peace.When we focus on Jesus instead of our problems we have peace. #truth Click To Tweet
Question: What giant taunts you? Which of Jesus’ names slays your giant and rescues you from despair?
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