Cancer Journey · My Redemption Story

Greater Than the Fire

I shared this on my Facebook page this morning, but it just felt too good not to share here. For me, because I want to remember this day and these truths. And for others, because my heart feels like I might explode if I don’t tell as many people as I can. So they might know what I know . . .

God is bigger than our circumstance.

And His love is greater than the fire.

Daniel 3:24-25 ESV

[24] Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” [25] He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

These really are my favorite verses from this story. I know what comes next: They are saved from the fire and don’t even smell like smoke. But HERE, in these verses, this is when the fire is all around them. And YET. They are not consumed. They are still standing. Even walking. Why? How can that be? Because of the man standing with them — the very Son of God.

“God does not erase our losses, the empty places in our lives, but he does something almost more miraculous. He fills the loss with a sign of his presence.” (Christie Purifroy, Roots & Sky)

I have never been more sure of God’s love for me. He goes before us, behind us and stands with us. Yes, He is bigger than cancer and can do ANYthing. But even if He doesn’t bring physical healing here and now, I still know. I KNOW. Because in the face of my greatest fear, experiencing a pain that makes me want to hide or cover it up somehow, God stands WITH me. He reveals His presence in a way more real and closer than ever before. He holds me. I have truly be “hidden in Christ.” Oh, how I wish that everyone would know the deep love of the Father — to experience such deep intimacy with Him.

But my joy is mixed with pain I cannot stand and given the choice I would make it go away. It’s hard to explain. I feel all the feelings. Yet, I KNOW . . .

In His exceeding abundance, I pray that the Lord would reveal Himself the same way to “my people” — my husband and children, our extended family and friends. I am eager to see the miraculous God will bring from this (because even if it isn’t the miracle we prayed for, a miracle WILL come) and how He will be glorified — in ways thats surpass my imagination. THAT is what Ephesians 3:20 is all about!

I woke up this morning bursting — I want everyone to know God is good and He passionately loves our family — even now, even when what we see and feel doesn’t match what we know.

God is bigger than our circumstance.

And His love is greater than the fire.

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One thought on “Greater Than the Fire

  1. Your wonderful assurance of His presence is an answer to prayer. So many are praying for you and God is sending miracles like this. I pray Romans 15:13 over each of your immediate family members by name almost every day. God is faithful!

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