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…
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…
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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