A while ago, a member of my church family posted this:
Katie has cancer. Thyroid cancer. We wanted to let you know so you won’t be surprised when you see us and say “how are you?” And we answer “Other than cancer…we’re good. ”
I know you want to help and there will be plenty of opportunity for that soon, but for now there’s not much to do. We will let you know when the time comes and we won’t be shy about it.
Until then just pray that Katie can rest, that I can work efficiently and often, that the kids are calm and joyful, and that the house is full of laughter.
For our friends that don’t believe in God, watch closely because He is near to us. We know that this trial is for our good and His glory, but it very well may be for you too.
We will covet your prayers.
I was shocked, and it didn’t at all involve the cancer itself. I was shocked by the faith and boldness I saw. “For our friends that don’t believe in God, watch closely because He is near to us. We know that this trial is for our good and His glory, but it very well may be for you too.”
What an example this was to me! I have thought about this response regularly since it was first posted. And this weekend at church I got a chance to tell Katie how it affected me.
For a girl who views health as the best way to bring glory to God, their response to cancer was riveting to me. Yes, we can bring God glory when we are healthy and can work with all of our might to serve others and praise him. But we can also bring God glory from the deep darkness of cancer. And perhaps our ability to bring him glory from there is even better in a lot of ways. It’s definitely more shocking and more beautiful.
And it’s all the more powerful when God heals the cancer completely as he did in Katie’s case. (Can you say Awesome God?!)
On the heels of this, someone shared this article by Piper and Powlison (two of the best!), called Don’t Waste Your Cancer. It was full of more mega-challenging, eye-opening ideas beneficial not only for those with cancer, but for anyone battling any illness.
I hope it provokes you as it did me.