You’ll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

I saw a video the other day of a wedding party who decided to go out on a dock to take pictures.  The weight on the dock caused it to collapse and the entire wedding party fell into the water.  After they were back safely on dry land, the entire wedding party declared that this was the best wedding ever.

I reflected on this video yesterday as Johnny was having chemo on our 54th wedding anniversary.  What might have been a depressing day ended up a wonderful day together.  I asked one of the nurses to take our picture as he began the chemo.  I took pictures of Johnny during our six hours there and posted them on Facebook.  At the end of the day, I read to Johnny many of the kind words that were posted.

I shared these two stories because many of you might be going through something really tough right now, and you might be thinking that this is the worst time of your life.  I would like to suggest, from what I have learned through my own true life experiences, that every second counts, both the bad and the good.    We made up our mind that yesterday was going to be a good day and it was just that.  God gave us the opportunity to witness to our chemo nurse of His goodness to keep Johnny here 14 years longer than his initial diagnosis predicted.  When we left, our nurse hugged us and said “God bless you both.”

We also had the opportunity to visit with a lady who has been diagnosed with a very serious cancer.  She had surgery and was there for her first chemo treatment.  What started out as a frightening time ended up with the lady and her husband being greatly encouraged that she is going to make it.

A few days ago I attended the International Christian Retail Show and Max Lucado spoke at the Sunday night worship service.  Max has a new book You’ll Get Through This that will release September 3rd.  During his talk, Max repeated this phrase several times:

You’ll get through this.

It won’t be painless

It won’t be quick

But God will use this mess for good.

Don’t be foolish or naïve

But don’t despair either.

With God’s help you’ll get through this.

This is the message I bring to you today:  You’ll get through this.  Don’t waste your pain.  Ask God to help you and He will.  It doesn’t matter what your “mess” is, you’ll get through this.  Start asking God to make your miserable days into memorable days.   I promise you in years to come you won’t be sorry.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10