Funny how most people are unpacking from the Safari Through Daniel and here I am packing, packing, packing. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined all that my nomadic journey through the book of Daniel would prepare me for. Ever.
When I committed to this journey, I had no idea where I would be walking. No idea.
God knew. God knew I would need my safari sisters to hold the flashlight for me as I walked down a dark, dark path. God knew I would need friends to gather around the campfire and pray in the midst of a starless night. God knew I would need someone else to drive the jeep, carry my backpack and holler back to me when there was a bump in the road. God knew I would need sisters to point out the raw beauty of the beasts seen on a wild ride. God knew I would need sisters to hold my hands when I felt fearful from staring the beasts in the eyes. God knew the sisterhood this safari would create.
As I looked back over my snapshots taken on our safari last night, I realized most of mine required a flash. It seems most of them were shot in the dark. At night. The nights have seemed much longer than the days on this particular journey.
Now, that’s not a bad thing. It’s just a thing. There might have been a day when a long night was a bad thing but the darkness didn’t camouflage the beauty of this adventure.
It’s an ugly word. I still can’t believe it’s a part of my life. My history. My future. I am so glad my sisters were here to hear it with me. I’m thankful my sisters will hang around to fight it with me. And although I don’t know what the future holds, I know the God who holds it.
God taught me many lessons through Daniel that have just been reiterated by cancer. Choose life, choose trust, choose boldness. Make Daniel choices. Remember God’s plan. Remember God’s purposes. Remember God’s miracles. Honor God no matter what. Remember the lions. Remember the fiery furnace. Remember the cancer.
As I remember the miracles of this journey, I stop to give thanks. All involved would agree my surgery was a miracle. It was a miracle that it took place. It was a miracle that I only had the cancer removed and nothing else. I believe the treatment plan is also a miracle. I have been spared a harsh chemotherapy regimen and will start radiation soon. I think of the fiery furnace. I am thankful, so thankful that not a hair on my head smells like the fire.
This journey has been filled with too many gems to recount. Too many. The trove of treasures I have stashed as souvenirs is priceless. The scrapbook I carry in my trunk is bulging with sweet memories. The scars my body wears from this hard journey will serve as proof that He was with us. Is with me.
Daniel summed it up best at the beginning when he told us what we’d find ahead if we dared to continue. I happen to agree.
Daniel 2:22 says, “You explain deep mysteries, because even the dark is light to you.” It gives me great comfort to know that even the dark road of cancer is light to God. God sees cancer for what it is. That’s why I need to see God.
I’m praying for you too, friend, that as you walk about in your own dark circumstance, you would find God’s riches, secret treasures along the way. As you read the verses below, insert your situation and your name and look for God. Let God reveal himself to you today.
“As I lead Lisa, I will level mountains and break the iron bars on bronze gates of [cancer]. I will give Lisa treasures hidden in dark and secret places. Then Lisa will know that I, the LORD God of Israel, have called Lisa by name.” Isaiah 45:2-3
“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in [cancer], and light dwells with him.” Daniel 2:22