Yesterday I turned 58 years old. A few weeks ago I entered into a routine colectomy surgery that resulted in a colostomy instead and the verdict that I have cancer … a cancer that is quite advanced.
In the journey and battle before me it is important for me to understand my place IN God’s kingdom and my place IN Christ and where my hope is found.
‘But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is IN You.’ Psalm 39:7
In the midst of such a medical finding doctors suddenly become prophetic and predictive … no doubt statistics and case histories do indeed provide some basis for proclaiming remaining life expectancy … quite accurately in many cases … but neither the cancer nor the doctor has suddenly and unexpectantly numbered my days.
Note these words from Psalm 139:16 …
‘Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.’
What I’m faced with now may be a surprise to me … but it is neither a shock nor a surprise to the Lord God Almighty. Every day of my life was numbered and written in His book before my first breath was ever taken. And the truth of the matter is neither I nor the doctors nor the cancer knows what that number is …
And in that fact, I do indeed find comfort, peace and hope.
‘The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts IN Him.’ Psalm 32:10