You would love my sister, Sue. Everyone does. She is sweet, energetic, pretty and very very funny.
My first year in college, Sue was still in Viet Nam (where our parents were missionaries.) We exchanged piles of letters.
And Sue's letters were so intersting to read and funny . . . that my friends in my dorm at Biola would gather around as I read them aloud. I was often asked, "have you heard from Sue lately?"
Sue is positive and fun and she does life well. But even funny people get cancer. I asked Sue if she would share a little of her experience.
In Sue's words . . .
That year I was going through a devotional book called Streams in the Desert. I started it January 1st and read it almost every day. I also read the verses that went with each devotional section.
On April 19, just a few weeks after finding out I had cancer, I read this verse, “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. (Exodus 14:13) I immediately was encouraged by those words.
I also read “But even in the worst of times, God would have you be cheerful and courageous, rejoicing in His love and faithfulness.” I really felt like God was talking to me.
I believed without the shadow of doubt that God could heal me instantly if He so desired. But what I felt He was saying to me on April 19th, was that He wanted me to be strong and courageous in whatever happened . . . and He would deliver me. God could have delivered me from cancer treatment, but He allowed me to go through it and He helped me to stand firm; he helped me be cheerful and courageous. He delivered me from fear and anxiety.
I went through four months of chemotherapy and had a PET scan scheduled for December 12, 2007 to see if the cancer was gone. On December 7th I was reading my devotional and, once again, I came across “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” Once again I felt that was a direct word from God to me. My scan showed no sign of cancer.
I am in remission. I went through two years of quarterly “maintenance treatments” and still have yearly scans. My health has returned. My hair has grown back. Life is good!
In 2009 I was still reading Streams in the Desert, only this year, instead of just reading the few verses that were suggested, I read the whole chapter of whatever verse went with the devotional.
On June 4th, which just happens to be my birthday, the recommended verse was Exodus 14:20 so I read the whole chapter of Exodus 14. And there it was ... “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13) I was so excited to run into that verse again, two years after it really helped me get through that very difficult time in my life.
I decided I needed to start a club called “Firm Chicks”. So far I am the only member!
Thanks so much, Sue.