A friend emailed yesterday with bad news: her brother-in-law, the father to her only niece, has just found out he has cancer. That is bad news. But, what makes it even worse news is that her sister, the mother to her only niece, just passed away four years prior with cancer. Pretty tough to swallow, and all I could think was, "this isn't fair."
Immediately after hearing this bad news, I felt compelled to have a little "what for" talk with the Lord. I am not sure why I do that. I know it's not his fault. We simply live in a broken world full of many diseases. I tried to think of some encouraging words for my friend. The only thing that came to mind was (paraphrasing) don't borrow tomorrow's troubles because today has enough of it's own. I didn't tell her that. I just tried to love and hug her through email while holding back my tears.
This morning I ran across this verse in Matthew 13:17, "For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." Jesus was talking about the coming of the Messiah. Many had already given their lives to preach this message but never actually seen him. They didn't live long enough - and some of them lived a long time! Yet, Jesus' current audience was seeing scripture fulfilled.
Reading this verse today gave me a glimmer of hope for the future. Many are down on their knees praying for a cure for cancer, probably much like our grandparents prayed for a cure for small pocks. Yet, like these many righteous men who never got to see Jesus, we may never see the cure for cancer in our lifetime. But, we shall continue to pray because our kids or grand kids may be the ones who receive it. Plus, we serve a big God and sometimes people are healed. I was.
Even though it seems like the odds are stacked against you when you hear that terrible "C" word, pray anyway. Don't let the devil get you down! Stand up and fight! And remember, Jesus did show up.
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