Yesterday was a jello day. I stood with a family as the doctor delivered the news “It’s definitely cancer”. This isn’t a new experience. I see it all too often. And every time I want to jump in with “But we can apply for a Wish!” or “You can get a baseball cap signed by your favorite celebrity!” or “A local organization has financial assistance and summer camps for kids with cancer!” It’s all about the timing. I obviously don’t interject these “perks” immediately into such a serious conversation, but I have that desire to make it better with the resources I have at hand.
It got me thinking about John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”(NKJV) God delivers a hit: you will have troubles and trials. BUT He’s already won. He knows the ending, and it’s a victory. He offers the best “jello” ever. It’s not just a temporary fix or a bandaid on our wound. It’s a promise that He knows our story from beginning to end. No matter what hardship He asks us to endure, He will be with us every step of the way. Because we know this, we can have peace, just like the verse says. If I am faced with a tough situation, a change of plans, or even a devastating blow, I can rest assured that God ordained it. Nothing anyone says or does can change the number of days God has given me.
If I had the choice to skip the hard parts, I would in a heartbeat. But I can tell you that I grow from the hard. I learn to cling that much tighter to my Savior, and our relationship becomes that much sweeter. He knows what He’s doing and He is faithful. As Scripture says, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -II Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)