My wife Liz was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer last July. She has never smoked and has always maintained a more active lifestyle than me. As you can imagine, the news came as a big shock and plunged me into a period of sadness, especially as our two boys are still so young.
It took some time and prayer but I’ve overcome that (more in a future blogpost) and we’ve both embarked on a tremendous journey of faith with no turning back.
As Christians, we’ve accepted that God is sovereign through all this, and He’s been doing some great things in her life, including keeping the disease at bay and healing her from pain. You can read more about this and how we sought God for direction in seeking treatment etc at her blog.
One of the most amazing things we have experienced is the outpouring of love and support from friends, families and colleagues. Words cannot describe the kindness and blessings they’ve poured out on us throughout this trial. At times when I was feeling really down, the simple comfort of friends saying they were praying for us was good enough to lift my spirits.
I was reminded from my devotion today that we as Christians need to maintain a Resurrection Perspective on our lives. Christ’s suffering and death were temporal but necessary as part of God’s plan to save man. In the same way, our lives here on earth are also temporary – we can only expect better things to come in the New Heaven and New Earth. As such the things that we do, our jobs, our roles as family providers, our calling, need to all have an eternal perspective.
Not easy if you are bogged down with daily care and worry; or if you are concerned with material possessions or chasing hedonistic dreams. It’s good to live life fully, but it’s better to live it meaning-fully.
Don’t wait till you are in the kind of situation that we are in before you change your life’s perspective. It’s never too late to surrender control to Him.