You can discover many simple joys in life to be thankful for, no matter how you feel or how many tears fall from your eyes today.
“How can it be,” I asked myself, “that at thirty-eight years of age I’m watching all of my dreams crash into a giant brick wall? How will those I love the most deal with this news? What about our plans for continuing to do the work of the Lord? How will we finish the business plan that we have in full motion? Maybe the other ovary is okay, and I will still be able to have my first child before this gets really crazy.” All of these life-impacting questions assaulted my mind. I felt a strong arm around my waist and heard my doctor’s voice say, “Devaney, are you okay; can you hear me?” The entire experience was like watching a horror movie programmed on fast forward. But at some point, a massive wave of calmness sweetly enveloped me like a thick fog, and it calmed the raging sea. Time came to a screeching halt and the issues of life, love, and relationships were narrowed to those that held eternal value.
Many years after that fateful day of my cancer diagnosis in 2002, I can now say with assurance that I am an ordinary girl, but with an extraordinary calling and life in Christ. I have experienced how God calls ordinary people (regular girls and guys) to do extraordinary things for Him. Not all extraordinary things are packaged in missionary work abroad or preaching the gospel. Some include a simple faith-filled walk of perseverance and strength through sudden and extended suffering and loss. In the callings of God, some of the greatest impacts for His kingdom are the people who are called into action and those who are affected because of the one who is simply persevering and enduring. Heaven surely holds the treasures of each of these beautiful overcoming life works. I am thankful and blessed to have been called to walk in a small portion of His field. And so are you – whether you see it clearly today, or not. Be inspired to relentlessly pursue joy- Beyond the Place of Your Tears.