Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer!

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{Guest Devotional by Aldyth Thomson} 

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

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In December 2004 I went for a mammogram.

To my horror, I found out that I had stage 2 breast cancer and was facing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

I would love to tell you that I was very brave and ‘just knew’ that God was going to come through for me, but I can’t. (Tweet this)

When I sat in the oncologist’s office after the surgery, and she started listing the possible chemo side effects, I started to cry, and cried on and off for two days.  

I couldn’t believe this was happening to me! 

I couldn’t sleep. It was like a huge, black cloud pressing down on me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so isolated before. 

I have a very caring family and wonderful friends, but the more they tried to encourage me and say that it would all be okay, the more desperate I felt, because how did they know I was going to be okay? They weren’t the ones facing chemo! And what did any of them know about cancer anyway?  

Sometimes, I’ve found, you just have to hear from God for yourself, as nothing else can bring you peace…the kind described in Philippians 4:7 where it says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard (garrison) your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

I was desperately afraid of the actual chemotherapy. 

I wondered anxiously exactly how sick I would be. The night before my first chemo, I went into my bedroom and asked God to speak to me and help me deal with my fear. 

My eye fell on Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”  (Tweet this)

What I didn’t know that night, was that the needle used to administer the chemo would always go into the back of my right hand! The overwhelming feeling of fear and helplessness lifted and for the first time I felt able to cope. 

What is it that’s worrying you? What are you desperately afraid of? What do are you going through that you feel like you need God to hold your hand? However you do it, reach out to God and He will meet you at your point of need.                          
{About Aldyth Thomson: The Author Of This Guest Devotional}
Aldyth Thomson has been an organiser of the Beauty for Ashes Women’s Conference since its inception in 1996. Her passion is to see women encouraged in their faith, absolutely sure of God’s great love for them. In December 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was herself encouraged by so many wonderful women. She is married with three grown children and one grandson. 

Find out more about the Beauty for Ashes Women's Conference, where Mary DeMuth and Sue Keddy are speaking, from the 24th & 25th of May 2013 in Johannesburg by clicking here

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