Cancer. The dreaded diagnosis. Life interrupted.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3C Colon Cancer in November 2018, at a time we were certain we would be making a big move, and everything came to a sudden and complete stop. Life was sorely interrupted and completely turned upside down.
He’s 37 years old, and we have four young boys under the age of ten. This wasn’t supposed to happen. It was like a whirlwind of bad news all at once, and it felt like this would be the end of him. The end of all things beautiful. The end of the life we had planned. How could this be happening?
You know what happened next? The body of Christ stepped in. Family and friends from our local church and from around the WORLD stepped in and covered us in prayer. Made us meals. Took care of our kids. Packed their lunches. Sent us money. Flew in to see us. They STEPPED IN. And in a beautiful, overwhelming, and real way, It filled our hearts with love, encouragement, TRUTH, and HOPE. It reminded me that the picture is so much bigger than this diagnosis. It carried us.
It’s been a long few months of cancer. There have been ups and downs and the journey is not yet over. But can I tell you something that might sound crazy? I’m thankful for it. I’m thankful for this cancer journey we’re walking. Not because I want my husband to have cancer, but because him having cancer has opened our eyes even bigger to the greatness and majesty of God. It has shown us what the body of Christ can do in such an overwhelming and beautiful way. His plan is so much better than ours.
Our journey is far from over. But as I sit on this airplane, I can’t help but think that this is such a small piece of the big picture. Sometimes it helps to take a step outside of our circumstances, don’t you think? Like flying in an airplane, overlooking the city you just visited. All of a sudden the things that seemed so big, seem so small. It’s a humbling reminder that my giants are not so giant after all. Because my God is so, so BIG.
His view is bigger than mine.
His plan is greater.