Each person is going through a certain “time” in their lives. Some are just being born, others are teenagers, others are young parents, while yet others are in their golden years. Each era, if you will, of our lives brings with it its own challenges, its own trials, and its own victories.
Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, really understood this concept. He compared the life of man to these seasons. Each had its own purpose. Each came together to fulfill a complete human being. The same goes for your trial with cancer. This illness will make you the complete person God intended for you to be. God has a purpose for this illness in your life. Let’s read that segment of Scriptures together:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
What possible purpose could the trial you are experiencing right now have in your life?
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: ~Romans 5:3-4
You may not understand why you are going through this battle, but be assured that God will use it to your good so that you may be that complete person ready to be used for His ultimate glory! So, therefore, what do you do with this trial? Do you wallow in self-pity or do you allow God to fulfill Romans 5:3-4 in your life?
This trial, just like any other battle, will teach you patience. My husband battles an almost 50-mile commute, Monday through Friday, to receive radiation therapy. If anything will try one’s patience, it’s the traffic on I-66 🙂 The patience he receives from this will produce experience. What is Paul saying here? My husband is getting “on-the-job training” from the God of Glory to gain experience in this area of patience. Once he gets this experience, it will produce a hope in him that he did not have before. He will grow in this hope as he draws nigh to the Scriptures.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4
You are not alone in this trial – the Almighty who created the entire universe is mindful of you and has your best interest at heart. Use this experience to grow and to draw closer to Him. You cannot always do something about your trial but you know the One who can! 🙂
© Kate Plourde 2009