Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 29, 2016

Peace Amidst The Storm

dec-29“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

The doctor’s visit entails arrival, check-in at the window, vital signs check, and changing into a not-so-comfortable gown. Once the nurse notes all updates on your chart, he or she tells you that the doctor will be in shortly. After what seems like an eternity, there is a short knock on the door and in comes the doctor, greeting you somewhat matter-of-factly. Seconds later, he examines you and asks how you are doing and almost simultaneously, he spills the beans: “Well, Ms. Patient, the path report is in and it looks like we must go back in because the report showed cancer.”

Have you ever experienced a situation like this? The time when you seemed to lose grip of yourself, stop paying attention to anything else, and all you can hear is the word ‘cancer,’ the last thing you’d ever wished to hear in your lifetime.  Well, I have. It was back in March, 2010. I had the right lobe of my thyroid gland removed two weeks prior, due to a small growth that was detected.  After the path report came in, I had to undergo a second surgery to have the left lobe removed. The type of cancer was one that is common to the thyroid gland and is usually contained within the gland.  Since the other lobe was clear, I was blessed to not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Still, the time that elapsed between the first surgery, the wait period for the path report to come back and the second surgery seemed like an eternity. I did not want cancer living in my body, and I prayed hard that it wouldn’t be cancer. But in all, I was ready to allow God to be sovereign and asked Him that His will, and not mine, be done.  Today, with the aid of thyroid hormone replacement, I live a normal life.

When I think back on that day, I thank God for His strong presence in my life, which gave me the strength I needed to believe and to accept His will for me. I could have lost hope, but I didn’t.  Sometimes the hard times come, but the assurance of His presence gives us peace amidst the storm.

“Dear Lord, Your presence calms the storm and quiets the desperate heart. Thank You.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

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