Two years ago this Friday I received a phone call that no one ever wants to get. As we all know, TV romanticizes so much about real life experiences and paints some of it in an unrealistic picture. While I am sure that some doctors do call their patients into their office’s to review test results, mine did not. I was in the middle of teaching when I got the call.
The voice on the other end of the phone said, “Mrs. Wallace, do you have a minute to talk?” Thankfully, at least, I was able to step into the hallway before the hammer dropped. “We have your test results back and I want to let you know that it is cancer.” And while she proceeded to tell me what the next steps needed to be, that part of the conversation still remains a blur.
I went home in a daze and waited for my husband so we could talk, and pray, and laugh, and cry. With the multitude of thoughts that went racing through our heads, ultimately we knew…God had this!
One of the very first scriptures that came to my heart was the story when Jesus was on the boat with his disciples and a storm came.
Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” Luke 8:22-25
What jumped out at me was the fact that Jesus said, “Let’s go to the other side!” See, He spoke His plan and told the disciples what they were going to do.
That is what the Father had put in His heart. That is what they would do. It didn’t matter what storm came. It didn’t matter what the winds or waves looked like. The Father had given His plan and Jesus knew the Father did not lie. He was so confident that He was able to rest in spite of what the outside circumstances looked like.
This scripture became my life force that I clung to each moment of each day…and I mean….I clung to it…HARD!
I clung to it throughout my hospital stay after my mastectomy. I clung to it throughout the first time I looked in the mirror and saw my reflection without a breast. I clung to it the first time my husband looked at me naked. And I still cling to it many times a day.
Storms take on many different forms. Sometimes they come in the form of cancer, sometimes they come in the form of astronomical debt, and sometimes they come in the form of a rebellious child. The shape of the storm doesn’t matter. What is important is the fact that if Jesus has already told you that you are going to the other side, it doesn’t matter what comes across your path on your way to His promise. He WILL get you through it. You can rest in Him. He is faithful to fulfill what He said.
So, today I want you to take the time to BeLoved Completely and as you do, let the Holy Spirit come and soothe your heart. If there are storms brewing and looming on the horizon, take heart. If you are in the middle of the storm, let go of worry and doubt. If you have made it through the storm, rest. All the while KNOWING deeply that your heavenly Father has got this. You are going to the other side.
With love, Kim