Our son and daughter-in-law gave us a copy of an essay by Pastor John Piper titled, Don’t Waste Your Cancer. One of the points Piper made was to view cancer as gift, not as a curse.
As we drove to church last Sunday, Howard told me, “I think I am getting there. I can almost call my lymphoma a gift. That doesn’t mean I like it or would choose it, but I can receive it as a gift with gratitude.”
Howard is coming to this attitude because in the presence of the temptation to doubt, he knows and believes two truths. God is Love, and God loves him. He knows he can trust the loving purposes of his God. If God allows cancer in his life, then that cancer will be redeemed to serve a good purpose. This is faith. It doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It exists in a crucible.
The apostle John tells us: “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” I John 5: 4-5