Isaiah 43:1-3a But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! 2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. 3a “For I amthe Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;...
Early this year God showed me a vivid picture. It was a picture of His plan for me. It was dark all around me, so I could not see anything about it. I knew there was a path in front of me and that the work He has set out for me with the blessings that would come from surrounded me. I had the feeling that it was going to be an unexpected path and there was an excitement, hope, and joy for what was to come, but still the details were hidden from me. There was one thing I could see. He stood before me in the distance, glowing in a light at the end of the path. He was waiting for me. He was calling me to focus on Him. Not to worry about what the plan was and chase after it because I am unable to accomplish it on my own, but the way into and through it was to seek Him and he would unfold it with each step.
He has been pouring into me in a way I have never experienced. The peace of His presence has continually been with me. I have been absolutely broken knowing that I don't deserve the love He has so freely and tangibly offered to me because I have been so incredibly unfaithful to Him. His grace has taken my breath away and humbled me.
If you are reading my story, know that this is a story about Hope. A story about His faithfulness despite our own unfaithfulness. This is about the evidence of peace that transcends all understanding that only comes by knowing Jesus and knowing who you are in Him. It is about faith that stands in spite of any battle that surrounds us. This is about victory.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
This journey fighting breast cancer is not the plan, but the current circumstances. I am confident that He has a future and a plan for me and He will carry it out into completion. I know deep in my bones that this is a fight that has already been won. It is simply a storm that will test and approve my faith. The blessings that will come will be beyond what I would have ever known to hope for. I know that there are hard days in front of me but I believe in the future that He has put before me. I trust that there is beauty beyond the storm. So I am putting on my battle clothes and fixing my eyes on the one thing that I know to be true, my Redeemer.