In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:7-8.
When my doctor found four skin cancers on my head and arm a couple of weeks back, two of them nasty looking, we organised for him to remove them and booked Procedure Room One for 9:30 am Thursday 11.11.21, Armistice Day.
This would have been an uncertain time for some. But, from the day the results came in, I began using a natural anti-cancer protocol I heard of years ago and believed worked. I painted my wounds several times a day with Iodine in the faith of reducing in size and eventually killing off the cancers. I had told people about it but never needed to use it myself until now.
I looked like the creature from the black lagoon (old movie) as I painted each area up to ten times per day for a fortnight. But it produced results. When the doctor looked at the wound sites on the 11/11, he said of the first one, "Well, that one looks healed", and the next one he left as well. Moving to the third and fourth, he injected some local anaesthetic and removed far smaller cancers than anticipated. If I had postponed my procedure an extra fortnight, I think the two cancers he removed would have also been healed.
From photos of other people I had seen years ago, my faith and hope in the Iodine's ability were high, and I have therefore never really been scared by skin cancers. When it came to my turn, I used it in faith. My fear was gone, and my expectation of success was high.
This example brings us to the uncertain times of today and our faith in Jesus Christ. How much fear of tomorrow do the cracks in your faith let through? A little, none, or quite a lot?
We don't need to be subject to fear when our lives are in Jesus Christ; and definitely not the deep residing fear that gets into our bones and drives our decisions and actions in the wrong direction, always running from some anxiety. God ploughed out those negative roots and replanted the ground with love, peace, hope, and an understanding that is far beyond the human plane.
All through the Bible, followers of different era's experienced times of uncertainty. Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham (How'd you like to be asked by God to kill your only child?), Lot (Imagine his thoughts of his wife once they reached a safe cave?), Naomi and Ruth (both women left everything behind. Naomi on the way out of Israel, and Ruth and Naomi on the return trip.). The lives of Priscilla and Aquila once saved were all days of uncertainty.
All believers, every one of us, must go through times of uncertainty. We don't know the future, but we have a God who does. Therefore, our trust must be in Him. When we put our trust in Him, we grow in certainty. We still don't know the future, but we have moved from desperate hope to confidence. In those times, growth happens. Every follower grows in faith and hope during tough times when we place all our trust in our Saviour. By faith and trust, we can remove the bewilderment, replacing it with assurance. We might be initially stunned when things come upon us, but we cannot forget that the precious Holy Spirit is within us with all His attributes of love and peace. His stillness in times of trouble is right here. We can ignore it and remain in fear or let it flow stilling all our anxieties, wiping all our tears, soothing all our pains, and placing our feet on surer ground.
With the Iodine, I would only need to check my head and arm every few days for shrinkage of the skin cancers, and each time they were smaller, until a couple became non-existent. I didn't need to panic-check every hour, as we sometimes do with prayers saying, "why hasn't God answered yet?"
Because of my compromised immune system due to the kidney transplant, I am susceptible to more skin cancers, so this protocol will become a way of life. It was a practical lesson for me, and as weird as it sound, I enjoyed making the skin cancers run for their lives instead of the other way around. With prayer and durable faith, we can make all fears run from us in the same manner.
Keep your faith in the Lord strong and your trust in His power and purposes high. Pray, read, believe.
Today's prayer: Dear Lord, these uncertain times have seen my faith and trust challenged. I must admit, I have feared from time to time but know I shouldn't have. Please help me be ready for all uncertainties with a faith that overrides all fears and a trust that you are in still in complete control of all that goes on in this world.
Photo by Nik Shuliahin