I couldn’t let October pass without getting a little pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. I don’t know how much this fits in with my Thirty-One Days to Fresh Strength, but perhaps someone is flagging under the burden of a diagnosis and needs a bit of hope for the days ahead.
This year, I’m celebrating fourteen years of being cancer free, so thankful to God for the life He has given me to share.
Here’s a photo of our family taken only the day before my big surgery in 2000.
I have more wrinkles, now, and most of my hair color comes out of a bottle, but I'm still going. And those little children are now young adults.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life . . . The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever . . .” (Psalm 138:7, 8).
Like the Psalmist, I know what it’s like to walk in the midst of trouble. As I stood with those small children, my biggest prayer was to live to see them grow up. I didn’t know what the pathology report would say in the days ahead or whether the cancer had migrated to other parts of the body. What I could do was trust God with the next moment. And the next, and the next. Here I am, fourteen years later, trying as best I can to daily surrender so that God can fulfill his purpose for me.
So, yes, I’m getting a little pink. Get pink with me and make sure you or the woman you love gets that mammogram. And if you’re dealing with a cancer diagnosis right now, declare with me the words of the Psalmist, “Your love, O Lord, endures forever.” Know that God can be trusted.