Choosing Our Perspective
Read Romans 8:31-39 - nothing can separate us from the love of God
For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are - high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean - nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. Romans 8:38-39 (TLB)
After seeing several physicians, Jamae, from Oregon, finally received his diagnosis. Sitting next to his mom in the tiny office, the doctor told Jamae that the tests and consultations were conclusive. Jamae had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Jamae remembers feeling a great sense of hope and determination. Fear could have taken root, but Jamae decided that God was greater than any sickness he could face - even cancer. Jamae trusted that, whatever the outcome, God still loved him.
During that summer of treatment, Jamae stayed in the Philippines with his mom while he finished the last of his requires college classes online. some days were uncomfortable, while other days felt mediocre; but Jamae pushed through knowing that each day he visited the hospital was a new day of grace and mercy.
Nine years later, Jamae remains in remission. His journey taught him that we can choose how we approach challenges. It also showed Jamae that the love of God is far more powerful than any sickness, doubt, worry, or fear.
When we face challenges, we can choose to see them as opportunities to remember God's faithfulness. And if we can't remember specific moments from our lives, we can always recall God's ultimate act of love in sending Jesus.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your unconditional love. Help us to remember your faithfulness when we face challenges, in Jesus' name. Amen.