In 2012, when I was diagnosed with cancer, and told I had less than a year to live, I felt like I had two choices:
1) Give in to the fear and uncertainty and get my affairs in order and prepare to die,
2) Trust that God would show me how to overcome it.
Well, that was well over 5 years ago now, and if you’re reading this, you know that I chose option #2.
I’m still alive…and doing very well!
God did give me wisdom, encouragement and supernatural strength, and because of it, my life has not been the same (for the better).
But if I were to drill down a little bit, there was something specifically God showed me, that I believe was a primary catalyst for my healing and success…
He showed me I needed a “why”.
Specifically, “why” did I want to live? “Why” did I want to commit to whatever changes I would need to make? “Why” did it even matter?
While there are a few different “why’s” that were in my heart, there was one in-particular:
I wanted to live to see my grandchildren.
And I’m here to tell you, that dream has been fulfilled. And it was totally worth pressing through my cancer and overcoming in order to experience it.
My daughter just gave birth to my first grand-baby, a beautiful boy named Grayson.
Holding him in my arms has brought so much joy, happiness and fulfillment. He’s perfect in every way.
Sometimes in the journey of overcoming, we can get discouraged because it seems like the dream (the healing, the victory, the “whatever you need to see happen”) won’t come to pass.
Proverbs 13:12 says “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life”.
My longing of seeing and enjoying Grayson (and all my beautiful grand-babies yet to be born) has been and will continue to be fulfilled. I have other “why’s” that I’m still pursuing. Don’t worry, I’m just getting started!
Remember what got me here: the “why”. I wanted to live to see my grandchildren.
What is your “why”? What is the reason you are willing to press through your current circumstances in order to receive the fulfillment of the dream?