by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2014
25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on…26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?…33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matt. 6:25-27, 33-34 ESV)
On July 14, 2014 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The prognosis is good, although only hindsight will tell how accurate this initial diagnosis and prognosis actually are.
Meanwhile in all things God is working to grow us and transform us more and more into His image. Though this diagnosis was a surprise to all of us, the further transformation He is sure to bring through it I fully embrace!
Circumstances such as this more than others are cause for pause, reflection and focused listening on what God would say to us. Does He have a message? Sometimes. Other times He merely asks us to trust, for no explanation of what is and what is to come will make sense to our child-like minds. We cannot grasp it! It is beyond our ability. He is the Almighty Parent. He knows all. He has the overview. We do not.
Considering His mandate that we must become as children to inherit the Kingdom of God and recognizing the truth that His ways are so much superior to ours that we will never completely grasp them, it has struck me more than once that as His children no matter how much we learn about God, we probably never go beyond the equivalent of human children aged 3-5 in comparison to our supernatural sovereign Parent. Thus what we experience won’t always make sense. It can’t. We are ever less than God. We are the created. He is the Creator. In addition, it will not be just. This is and will ever be earth, not heaven. Injustice is part and parcel of the worldly kingdom where God’s adversary has had dominion since Adam and Eve chose to respect his leadership over God’s.
In this light, rarely does someone understand or expect a diagnosis of cancer or any other similar threat to physical well-being. Yet in all this I am also confident of His promise that He sees every bit of sorrow, pain and suffering and waits to wipe every tear away and bring us into His eternal presence where nothing can hurt us or those we love again.
To be sure, this new step in my life is certainly not along a path I would have chosen for me or the ones I love. It is not one I want. But this is the path upon which I have been placed. Periodically along this way as God gives me certain thoughts, they will be shared on this blog. They will be categorized under “Cancer Reflections” (God willing the journey through this will be brief, however, we shall see.)
Since the news, our Lord and our God has oh-so-graciously blessed me with His peace from the inside out which truly surpasses human understanding. I trust Him and I can feel His incredible response to the incredible outpouring of love and prayers some of you already have been richly showering on me. THANK YOU FOR PRAYING! Please continue to pray as God leads, for regardless of the medical community’s prognosis and confidence in a good result, my confidence is in God alone. He is the only One with the power to heal both for now and for eternity, and I know He hears and answers all prayers.
I hope and pray that wherever you are in life, you are able to receive His gift of peace in this moment as well. God bless you!
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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