Pastor David Wayne, the Jollyblogger, has been writing about his colon cancer and the treatments he is undergoing. His cancer is quite advanced, having metastasized to his liver and lungs. He writes in his most recent post that he should know by the end of the month if his treatment is working. Please say a prayer for David and his family.
David has some great insights about suffering and the sort of life God calls us to as Christians, whether in health or sickness:
But I also wonder if this may turn out to the good, whether I live a short time or a long time, in that I may find more joy after cancer than I have found before.
I’ve had tastes of joy (and sorrow!) I never had before and it may be that this brush with death is simply recalibrating my life and re-aligning it to the realities of life in a fallen world. I think I may have never experienced God as I could have because in seeking so hard to avoid suffering I was really seeking to avoid ever needing Him.
I love that phrase, “death is…. recalibrating my life.” David says that he avoided needing God by avoiding suffering. There is a very important truth there. Professing Christ is a declaration of our need — for rescue, for truth, for peace, for love, for reconciliation. Too often and all too easily, once we profess our need, we shake loose from God’s grip on our hand and run off on our own.
The Lord wants us to need Him. He designed us to live in dependency on Him. “I need Thee every hour,” goes the old hymn. Sickness reveals our weakness and need, but in reality, we are always weak and in need of Him, whether in sickness or in health. I need my life recalibrated so that I can learn to live in the reality of that dependency.
Pray for David Wayne’s healing and go read some of the things God is teaching him during this challenging and emotional time.