47 Things on Thursdays: A Brilliant Masterpiece

Flutterbys and Sinderwills.

These were two compound words that my six year old brain mixed up.  My utterances made my mother smile.  The kind of mother-smile that came across her face when she was “in-the-moment” totally enjoying her child. She knew what I meant. Butterflies and Windowsills, of course!

Compound words.  Two words, when put together, form a new thing or idea. Brilliant!

I experienced two Truths during my fight with cancer, that when put together, creates one brilliant masterpiece. 

Truth # 1: GOD…

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GOD gave His Son for me.  Gave? Yes, He gave His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross – freely given… for me.

Truth # 2: He…

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He (GOD) has a PLAN.  I write that in CAPS because it is properly HIS grand PLAN.  His PLAN is that all people will come to Him and receive His gift – His Son – whom He gave.

During my battle with cancer, I wrestled with the depth and meaning of these Truths.

“I am a sinner.  I am saved; I had accepted God’s free gift of salvation.  Wasn’t that enough?  Is it enough?  I had to decide” (p. 15 Towdah: A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope).

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Yes, He gave His Son for me!  I finally decided that Salvation was enough.  Whether I lived or whether I died during the battle of cancer, Salvation was enough because I had Jesus.  I had Salvation.  What more could God do for me?

Later, on p. 113 of Towdah: “I exclaimed with some disdain, Really Lord! This day was ordained for me?  This pain-filled day was appointed for me?  With exasperation and tears, I cried,Why?”     Believe it or not, even in my pain, I resolved  to offer thanksgiving: “Thank you for thinking of me and planning what is best for me” (p. 114).  In my thanksgiving, I was being changed and brought into a deeper understanding and acceptance of God’s PLAN of Salvation. 

God has a Plan for me.  He has a Plan for you. The execution is known only to Him.  Yet, we know that His PLANS for us are good.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”  Jeremiah 29:11. 

The giving of His Son + the PLAN He has for each of us together creates the brilliant masterpiece called Salvation. These two Truths about God sustained me as I endured the battle of cancer.  

Have you secured these Truths for  yourself?

Flutterbys and Sinderwills made my mother smile.  I suppose then, that claiming Valsation just might make the Father smile. If I had know the word Salvation when I was six, I just may have called it “Valsation!”   Wrestle if you need to.  I guarantee though, that you will find Salvation IS enough and His PLAN is brilliant.  A brilliant masterpiece!

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CHECK OUT my book here: Towdah: A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope http://www.amazon.com/Towdah-Cancer-Survivors-Song-Hope/dp/1938092155/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365075457&sr=1-1&keywords=towdah

2 thoughts on “47 Things on Thursdays: A Brilliant Masterpiece

  1. Love this series.

    Each of my boys mixed up some words too. Zach’s was “bull-ze-do” (bulldozer) and Jonathan’s was “shepudy” (sheriff and deputy combined – that’s what he called police cars!)

  2. Good post, Sheryl. My daughter is the famous word-mixer-upper in the family. My son has always made up his own words on purpose. And my husband can’t remember names so we’re never sure who he’s talking about. It’s a guessing game. LOL

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