I’ve often toyed with the idea of writing my cancer journey in a book. My thought has always been, “That’s not fun enough! No one wants to hear about my struggles.” However, after reading Michele Cushatt’s book, Undone, I realize that being real about our struggles is a great encouragement to those in the battle. None of us like to hear of one’s sufferings, but boy is it wonderful when someone clings to God and can witness His goodness through it all no matter how ugly it might get. I love Michele’s unwavering faith in her statement, “The day cancer showed up in my life, God showed up bigger.”
We all have our struggles and shortcomings in life, don’t we? What if, when we were faced with a not-so-pleasant situation, we remembered Michele’s quote, “Just because something is hard, doesn’t mean we’re not called to it…And just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not good.”
So many times as we go through the refining fires, we get angry with God and life and want everyone to feel sorry for our problems. However, if we can hold onto the promises of God and keep our eyes on Him, things change. God allows us these times in our lives where we feel undone so that we can once again be reminded of the beauty of our lives even when nothing is going right.
Michele’s words immediately took me to a place of my own struggles and revelations during my cancer battle. She was describing attending a Christmas Eve service when she said, “I’d been given a second chance at life. The opportunity to live better, love more. I wanted to slow the service, hold each moment like a jewel in my hand, turn over the sights and sounds and marvel at the sparkle and shine. Facing the reality of death does this to a person. It transforms the routine into something of the miraculous. It turns handholding into a moment of magic. An organist’s music into the songs of angels. The faces of your children into the makings of history.”
Thank you, Michele, for the reminder to live better, love more, and not take routine for granted. Thanks for your authenticity. Thank you for sharing your journey with us as an encouragement that even when everything about life seems to be “undone,” God is there.
If you haven’t read this book yet, do it today. This is not a typical blog for me, but once you read the book, you will understand and be glad I said something. In the meantime, please continue to lift Michelle in your prayers. She is in the heat of battle of yet another round of cancer.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39 NIV)