I’ve been a Christian for a long time and I know that when you take your stand against the devil you better be properly prepared. But what I didn’t know is that sometimes God helps you get dressed. In fact this past week He has dressed me for battle.
It began last Monday with a phone call from a man in California, whom I’ve never met, that is the brother of a woman I barely know. This man is a cancer survivor who happened to have the same cancer as me and was willing to share his experience. During our conversation he gave me lots of helpful hints about how to manage my treatments but there was one thing he said that changed my perspective. As he explained the radiation treatments he told me, “When they strap you in, it’s your time with God. Separate yourself from what is going on in your body and use that time to pray.”
Thank you God for prompting this man to call and give me a battle plan in advance.
Next came the “casting” for radiation which was done last Thursday. It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever been through. They literally strapped me down to a table; rubber banded my feet together to keep me still and then forced a hot sheet of plastic mesh over my face fastening it to the table. Talk about being pinned down… I couldn’t move – which is the objective. The goal was to make a mold that will keep me in the exact same position for every radiation treatment.
With my face and shoulders firmly fitted in my new helmet, my waist securely belted to the table and my feet fastened together God showed me that He indeed was dressing me for battle. As I laid motionless on the table waiting for the cast to harden I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”. If you know me, you know that I never sit still. It was as if God was saying, “I’ve got this”.
Thank you Lord for making me “be still” so that you can fight this battle for me. Thank you for the clear picture of the armor you designed for me.
Lastly came the placement of my port which was done on Friday. Ouch! An inch long incision was made on my chest to place the small device just under my skin. I’m told, this device provides the best way to dispense the chemo and other drugs that will be used to kill the cancer that is in me.
It may sound corny, but with this device inserted just under my skin I can’t help but think of the sword of the spirit that I must wield against my enemey, which is the word of God that I have hidden in my heart.
Thank you Lord that you have clothed me for battle and given me the grace I need to fight.
Now I’m ready for battle and it’s a good thing, because today at 9:00am I start my first chemo treatment and Thursday afternoon I will have my first radiation treatment. I have to admit that I am nervous and afraid, but it is such a comfort to know that my God loves me enough to give me a beautiful word picture of His protection as I enter the battle.
I appreciate your prayers as I enter my week of first treatments.
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