Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
“Mom, you gotta get that checked out,” said Bristol, an aesthetician who’s worked for years in a wonderful Anchorage dermatology office.
“What?” I shrugged her off, looking at the thing she’d spotted on my leg. I don’t do doctors. If I can help it.
“That!” she insisted. “That weird thing.”
I refused. She insisted. I relented, and the biopsy came back: squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer. A surgeon dug it out; he got it all. No big deal.
“So call me a cancer survivor, eh?” I jokingly asked Bristol, feeling silly since my brush with the disease was so slight as others suffer enormously. Nope, instead she bought me a coffee mug with a survivor ribbon on it and called it good.
God can calm your thoughts and give you rest when life happens and the unexpected puts a wrinkle in your plans. I didn’t have to suffer sleepless nights or wonder how it was all going to work out, though that episode added to that year’s being another “year of the unexpected” that was pretty hard to believe. That’s part of the deal and just one of the benefits of giving your life to Christ.
Sweet Freedom in Action
You’ve nothing to lose and eternity to gain by receiving Him now. Ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your life; pick up the Word; and tonight put your head on your pillow while God’s presence renews you. Then, like me, may you wake up to a ribbon ’round your coffee cup, reminding you: He’s got this.
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