Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dark Stormy Clouds Promise Only Storms - Get Out From Under Them!

Worry can settle over us like a dark stormy cloud. Really dark, promising heavy and destructive storm. It's especially true of anyone diagnosed with a life-threatening ailment -- in my case cancer. I regularly visit an online "ovarian cancer" forum and read how others are dealing with this disease. Some deal with the uncertainty of their life with optimism and complete faith that God cares for them no matter what. Others sink into depression and despondency. Every last one of us is acutely aware of every twinge in our body, worrying that this new "twinge", this slight discomfort, this unexplained pain, may be the signal of recurrence.

So, then, how do we deal with this new, heightened sensitivity to the "life is fragile" scene? Initially, of course, we are stunned. Stunned that this body that we thought was healthy is instead harboring a deadly ailment. And we begin a process of "education" in the medical terminology and statistics of our particular ailment.

It's been nearly 10 months since my original diagnosis. I'm no longer stunned. I'm quite aware of the statistics. I'm in tune with my body. And thanks to the medical establishment, a good surgeon, appropriate chemo, I am feeling good. I feel really good.

For those who may be walking the same (or similar) road I want to offer this slight word of wisdom. It is this. One of the most important things in life is to remember that you live in the "now". We cannot live "tomorrow" while it is "today". We cannot live "next year" while it is today. We live "now".

Is it wise to make plans and preparations for tomorrow? Yes, it is. But use your common sense. For when all is said and done, one cannot control what will happen in life, neither next hour or next day or next year. I have long ago decided to live sensibly and wisely, and take care of "right now".

That means "right now" I need to get out of this chair and take care of today's tasks. I'm feeling good and well today. I have many things to do today. And I am glad for "today". I'll leave "tomorrow" in God's hands until it becomes "today".

Today's verse? Matthew 6:34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."


blushing rose said...

I love reading your posts, I am learning more from you each day as I read ... each storm holds a challenge that we can only bear with Him as our captain.

I hope you will view my blog today about something wonderful being done for cancer patients.

Have a great weekend.

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Whidbey Woman said...

How true and how encouraging! Thank you.

Barry said...

Yours are very wise words from someone traveling a very similar path to my own.

Thank you.

Debbie said...

Wise words that we should all remember.

Daria said...

Yes live in the now ... that is what helps me get through each day.

Tina said...

Thanks for the wonderful Bible verse you posted on my blog--I will definitely add it to my list!
You have a wonderful blog!
Nice to "meet" you :)

Kathy C. said...

That's a wonderful post! At my Bible study the other night, I was crushed by how many prayer requests were for family members, friends, and friends of friends who were afflicted with cancer.

It truly makes us realize the fragility of our bodies, and the reality of being ready for eternity! Have a beautiful day today my friend!
Kathy C.

Elle Bee said...

I've always loved that scripture -- tomorrow has enough trouble of it's own, and it's all I can do to get thru today.
Blessings on you.

Aroma Fields said...

Your post rings so true! Since developing cancer , I live in the "now" and have a deeper appreciation for the smallest of things.

I'm glad you're feeling good and pray that it continues.

Thank you for your encouraging and supportive posts on my blog.