I went to church this morning and learned that someone in our church family who had cancer is now, while in the middle of radiation treatment, in remission. We have a lot of people from our church like that. We are a very small congregation and I can think of six people who have been healed from cancer. I can also think of one person who was not and is no longer living on this side of eternity.
I also have a very dear friend who is presently having radiation treatments. It bothers me because she is someone who deserves to live and live without pain. She is so gentle and kind and I have feelings similar to what I had when my other friend died from cancer. Why her? Of all the people in the world, why this person? Lord, don't you know how good she is? Of course You do. Don't you know how much she loves you? Of course You do, but maybe it's not about that.
What if our struggles in life are so we can give Him glory? What if the pain she experiences is the place where the rubber hits the road in terms of Christianity? To praise Him from a place of comfort costs us nothing. To praise Him from a place of pain is indicative of where we are spiritually. I would never want my friend, or anyone, to have cancer. I do not want there to be pain in the world. Yet if we praise Him from a place of pain, it makes life and eternal life very real.
"I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done." -Psalm 118:17