Run Toward Christ
I want to thank all of our TPCS school community for praying for me during this chemotherapy treatment time for my cancer. The love and compassion expressed by our faculty, staff, and school families have been overwhelming. The Scripture says, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). So, I know that the prayers of this school community were heard by God and answered in mighty ways. I have completed my chemo treatments, and now I am focused on recovery from the chemotherapy effects. I will have a CT scan on May 24th to see how effective the treatments have been and set a plan for my ongoing care.
I’m confident that I’m not the only one going through health struggles or challenges at this time. Many of our school families struggle with their health, marriage relationships, finances, social and emotional health, relationship with your children, and many more issues. I often hear people say during those challenging times that God seems to be far away and distant. And it’s interesting how we measure our relationship with God and how closely we associate our happiness with God‘s blessings. We should measure our happiness with the closeness of our relationship with God.
The reality is that God says in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So he’s with us all the time. I’m also reminded of the passage in James 4:8 where it says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” When we feel alone or abandoned, God promises that if we draw close to him, he’ll draw close to us. I can’t tell you how much that’s been evident in my health challenges over these last several months. God has shown himself faithful to this promise. The more time I spent in prayer and the more time I spent in Bible study, the closer I felt to God. So when you’re feeling distant from God, run toward Christ, and he will be faithful to draw near onto you.