As I type this post I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room. My mom is having surgery to remove cancer from her kidney. Cancer. It's one of those words you hope you never hear. This post, however, is not about cancer. Don't get me wrong, it's scary. As cancer goes my mom is lucky. No radiation. The surgery should take care of it. And while the recovery may be difficult, she will recover. She will already be annoyed that I spent this much time talking about her so I'll move on to what this post is about.
Eight years ago hearing my mom had cancer might throw me into a tailspin. I would have been terrified, angry and anxious. That is not the case today. Today I am a bit nervous but at peace. Today I trust God with my life and the lives of those I love. I believe the words of Romans 8:28.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
When I say "I trust God", that sounds naive to some people. Bad things happen to people all the time right? What they don't understand is I'm not saying I trust God to work things out the way I want them. I trust that his will is best, in all situations, no matter what the outcome. There is such a peace in that.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I love how God can use a situation in our lives to show us how he has grown us. I love my mom, but I know God loves her more. So I wait peacefully for her surgery to be complete all the while planning our next lunch and shopping trip.
I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has been praying for my family.
UPDATE: Mom's surgery went great! The doctor was able to remove all of the cancer. God is good...all the time.