In honor of Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday I thought I would share something that my mom taught me.
In 2014 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer is no stranger to my family. We, like many others, have lost family to the disease and seen countless others struggle through the pain of chemo, radiation, surgery and other treatments. Along with all of the treatment options presented to my mom, she also had the choice of attitudes. She could choose a defeatist attitude, or she could choose to rise above and refuse to let the situation dictate how she felt about life and herself.
During the time that my mom was waiting for biopsy results, deciding on treatment options, and eventually undergoing surgery and recovery, I saw her radiate a grace and patience that was amazing to witness. My mom went through a trial, but came out stronger because of it.
She had a level of strength, dignity, and joy that was not her own. My mom is great, but it was only by her placing her situation and her trust completely in Christ that she was able to go through such a terrible situation with the poise that she had.
My mom taught me that even though the world does not give us a perfect life, we can still live full lives.
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. – 1 Peter 5:10
Through her trial, my mom showed me Christ in one of the most visible ways I have ever seen Him. She taught me that the winds and waves may beat against us, and the trials of life may try to knock us down, but if we place our trust in Christ He will be the firm foundation upon which we can always stand. No matter what the world throws at us His love remains faithful and his goodness never ends. Christ never fails and never gives up on us.
If there’s one thing we can expect from this world it’s the unexpected, but we don’t have to let ourselves be knocked around when we plant ourselves firmly on the foundation of Christ. As Isaiah 28:26 says:
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
A firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
Whoever believes need never be shaken.”
My mom allowed God to work through the painful situation in her life so that through her suffering, God would be shown to the world.
She taught me that if we place our faith firmly in Christ, we can weather any storm and face any situation with strength greater than what we possess on our own. We are weak and fragile creatures, but we don’t have to rely on our own feeble strength.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever. – Psalm 73:26
Mom, Happy Mother’s Day. Thanks for teaching me and being willing to lead by example!
-Ann the Analytical Creative Sister.