Can you believe our time traveling through Daniel has come to an end? We just have one more stop on our safari through Daniel and that's one last chat around the campfire to share our favorite memories and sing one more round of Kum-by-ya. I'll surely be singing the loudest and crying the most happy, sad, exhausted and excited tears of all! To see what my safari sisters are saying, simply click on the picture above.
I have to admit when I typed the words more to come last week, I was really only thinking of chemo, radiation, no hair and my oncology appointment this morning. The “more” that was stuck in my mind was tied to suffering.
Over the last couple of years, God has taught me this that “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” Luke 12:48 The Lord taught me this when the responsibilities and time demands of parenting were overwhelming to me. He asked me if my blessings (children) were worth it, worth all the demands. Undoubtedly, yes they are worth it. All.
Lately, I’ve seen blessings, blessings everywhere. So, it just seemed natural that where blessings increased, suffering would increase. Or so I thought.
The Lord spoke the words, “More to come,” to me over and over again before I began to understand. There really is so much more to come. I finally get it. Let me explain.
Although our Lord suffered greatly, Jesus suffered to the point of death, He only suffered a little while. Then He overcame death and suffering for all time when He rose from the dead. Period. The victory is won.
Just as God revealed a plan to Daniel, He will reveal a plan for me. “But your people will be saved from the trouble, every last one found written in the Book… Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.” Daniel 12:2-3
Do you understand God’s plan? “Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master… Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish!” Romans 6:23 & Ephesians 2:8
Just as God had a plan for his people’s sin, He has a plan for my cancer. Today I will see that plan. I know that plan will involve suffering for a little while just as Jesus suffered for a little while. And then the cancer that threatened to destroy my body will lose its power over me just as sin has lost its power on those who believe.
And all because God had a plan.
“everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name… I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.” Acts 10:43 & Revelation 3:5