As I responded to a message of prayer for the lazer procedure that I am finally having tomorrow morning, I realised once again that this journey is so much more than just procedures and biopsies and eventually a lung transplant. What an incredible journey God has brought me on! What incredible people have touched my life and vice versa! I am so Rich.
Matthew 6: 19-21 says: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
I have been having the most enriching and rewarding experiences since my journey began but lately God has been intensifying the joyful encounters to the point where I literally have to shut my mouth because it gapes. Yes, they are so jaw- dropping! Testimony after testimony of how God orchestrated events so that at the end of it all, all praise, glory and honour goes to Him and that His name alone be glorified.
One such experience is where a friend of mine who has been in my life on and off for 30 years and who I’ve lately connected with on a deeper more spiritual level shared with me that abnormal cells were found at her last pap smear. So this morning she is having a colposcopy procedure performed to establish whether these cells are cancerous or not. My friend was frozen in fear when she contacted me yesterday for prayer. We held hands via whatsapp and prayed and prayed and solicited the prayers of others.
Afterwards we spoke at length about how our Father knows all about what she is facing and He knows all about what I am facing and that we could support each other in this way because I had a similar procedure done in December last year. She took such comfort in the fact that only a loving, caring God would allow for all of her questions to be answered and she had many and understandably so. Cancer is not a journey that anyone wants to walk. We remain prayerful, however, that her outcome will be favourable but above all that God’s will be done in both of our lives. I love my friend so much and going though this together has cemented our friendship for eternity.
Another experience is where an ex-colleague and I have also remained in touch even though I was placed on disability 5 years ago when I became ill. We had a bible study group that met at lunchtime at work and even back then I could see her desire to submit fully to God. She has been holding back though because of her partner’s lack of interest. Lately we’ve been chatting more and she has so many questions about living a more meaningful life of surrender to God. So she reached out to me yesterday and is visiting with me today and all I know is that our God has gone ahead of this day and that at the end of it, all praise and glory and honour will go to Him for the marvellous God that He is. I remain humbled and completely in awe of God.
So it doesn’t matter what our physical disabilities are God can use us if only we surrender our will to His, die to self and allow Him to work in and through us. If “laying up for yourselves treasurers in Heaven” means testifying of God’s goodness and proclaiming His name before others, then I am so Rich!