I know there are a lot of good points about Breast Cancer Awareness month, but a few friends who have dealt with that diagnosis have mentioned it’s painful. Many mourn with a special passion for those destroyed by cancer, and others struggle daily with the effects of their own diagnoses.
Maybe instead of considering a donation when we see a pink ribbon, we can use it to trigger more pressing needs for those with breast cancer. Maybe they can be a trigger to pray for someone with the diagnosis, or to find a way to encourage them. This is an excerpt from my story that might give you an idea what goes through some of our minds with this diagnosis. So many people are getting examined this month, you might be surprised to find out how common thoughts like this are.
How is this happening? Ten days ago I knew everything. I mean…everything! I actually thought my intuition was a special spiritual gift the Lord had bestowed on me. Back then it didn’t sound as arrogant as it does now. Back then it seemed like a fact. I knew things. I understood people without them having to explain everything. It was like the Holy Spirit gave me special insight into what He was doing. He helped me to know myself inside and out. Certainly, if I not only had a disease, but was actually dying from it, I would know. There’d be an inkling, at least. Because the world was orderly—I knew the One who perfectly controls it.
But then…then came cancer. Seems like I’m being punched in the face with it, and there’s no clue about how many more blows are coming. Is this the beginning or the end? It’s stage 4. Incurable. Everything has changed. And it seems like it’s God who did the changing.
I’m pretty melancholy looking back on that time, and kind of depressed about how prevalent all cancers are. How much power it seems to have over our lives, families, and society. But, God. He is bigger, He has a plan, He will use it for the good of those who love Him. Let’s share His love with those who need it most today.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.