~ Monday’s Mid-life Mama ~
I’m a survivor. Three years ago I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and after 15 months of treatments that included chemotherapy, radiation and surgery I do what most mamas do after a crisis – I fall apart. I look back over my life; the struggles of youth, the pouring of life to see children grown and the love given to a forever-husband. I cry out to God and say, “Really Lord, all that for this?” It seems unfair that a suffering heart, set on Jesus, could end with the snuff of cancer.
And it’s here, here in this pit, that Jesus reaches down from heaven with gentle-kindness and speaks a Living Word that changes my perspective forever – God gives me the gift of seeing my life from heaven, looking back. He gives me Psalm 84:5-7:
In these verses, God describes the longing of those who are making their required pilgrimage to Mount Zion; the place of worship and rest in the presence of Holy God. Their journey is long and full of struggles as they go. In order to sustain themselves they must dig pits in the earth to catch life-rain from heaven. They hollow out trenches and channel water from the main source toward the path they are on. They must have its strength to reach their goal. They know where they are going and they know how to get there.
Their souls know encouragement comes from traveling with the company of others on this road and so they call out to one another and say, “Come! Go to the house of the Lord with me.”
God tells us we are the same as those Israelites who made that journey. We too are moving through the Valley of Tears and, like those pilgrims, He hears our cries and sees our trials. He knows we are weak and weary-dry and He rushes to our need to fill us with Living Water. Because when our hearts are fixed on the hope of eternal rest and worship – We. Are. Blessed.
As we go through this world God wants to give us fountains in the pits and trenches of life:
Jesus tells us we are going somewhere and life is not a series of missteps that haphazardly take us to heaven. No, they are divinely orchestrated and cared for under the watchful eye of a Savior that is fulfilling a goal of glory. He nourishes us with His Word and He gives us the company of others who tell us of His mighty deeds and remind us of our destination. He defines our purpose between here and there and provides a heavenly perspective. The world falls away in light of eternity. We can face our circumstances with salvation-joy in the journey.
With Jesus, Cancer never wins. With Christ the Savior, we move from one strength to the next and each trial becomes a pause of rest for Jesus to come to our aid. He builds us up and sustains us with resurrection-power and enables us to face the next strength to come. With never-ending grace and mercy we are never moving from weak-to-weak and one day we will accept His ultimate strength; the one that overcomes death, and we will see Him face-to-face. Jesus adds that even though some of us may arrive at the throne weary, tired or worn, Not! One! Will! Be! Lost!
My friend, I pray if you or someone you love has been touched by cancer that you will know the sweet refreshment of Jesus in the valley. I pray that the multitudes of God’s people will surround you with encouragement in the hopes and promises of eternal life. I pray you will grasp the reality of your destination and that you will live with a perspective of heaven looking back. I pray you will know the reality of seeing God Himself, face to face – I pray you will Live Like You Know …where you are going
Strength to strength,