Does Cancer Have A Silver Lining

I read a post on Facebook recently that raised the question does cancer have a silver lining. The quote went something like this.

Cancer. There is no blessing in this. There is no silver lining. It is not meant to be. There is no lesson to be learned. There is no peace to be found watching it slowly and very painfully take the life of someone you love. There are no still waters during the wait.

That post became very active with everyone posting comments agreeing or disagreeing and sharing words of comfort. I responded with the following words.

To me, cancer is like any other tragedy, people can become better, situations can be turned for the good, families can draw closer but that is not a “gift” or “silver lining” any more than death itself is. Any good that comes from cancer is in spite of the disease itself. Just my opinion.

So, I have been thinking long and hard about this post and my comment on it and I thought I might elaborate on it a bit more. I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

Cancer. There is No Blessing In This

For me, this post strikes a chord. It resonates with me. Because, I have cancer and I consider my faith to be a very important part of my life. The person who wrote this obviously is speaking about the problem of having faith and cancer.

Cancer. There is no blessing in this. There is no silver lining. It is not meant to be. There is no lesson to be learned. There is no peace to be found watching it slowly and very painfully take the life of someone you love. There are no still waters during the wait.

I would have to agree with this. Most religions teach the concept of good and evil and of God and of satan…of a corruption of the good. If you believe in the bible, which I do, then you believe that all disease and evil are a result of the fall of man and satan. God’s perfect world has been corrupted and twisted and destroyed.  This includes our bodies. Humanity has fallen away from God’s perfect design and become smaller, weaker….less intelligent…..diseased. Cancer is part of that corruption. Cancer was not meant to be.

There Are No Still Waters

Now, for me this is not true. I know everyone is different but I have truly felt God’s comforting hand at times during this time of my life. I have turned to God in prayer, found comfort from my fellow church members, found strangers who would aid me, neighbors who went above and beyond. I can honestly say that there have been times where I have experienced still waters. At the same time, there have been so many days where the sun did not shine and I could barely lift my head. Times where the people I counted on to support me let me drift alone in stormy seas while I vomited from my radiation treatments. People who added to my emotional burdens. Still, these are just people and not God. My faith is in God and not in people because people will fail you…not always but they often do.

Originally, I posted that, cancer is like any other tragedy, people can become better, situations can be turned for the good, families can draw closer but that is not a “gift” or “silver lining” any more than death itself is. Any good that comes from cancer is in spite of the disease itself. I still feel that way. I do believe that you can learn lessons from your trials in life but that does not make cancer a good thing.

There Is No Peace To Be Found

When I read this, I instantly think of a verse in the bible. This verse speaks about a supernatural peace. A peace that surpasses you understanding. When your world is falling apart God promises to be there for his followers….and to give them peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (The New Testament book of John, Chapter 14 verse 27) – Read It Here 

Here’s another bible verse from the Old Testament to comfort you. Ironically, it’s Psalm 23 ~ Still Waters. The numbers are the verses.

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.a
3He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousnessb
for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,c
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surelyd goodness and mercye shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwellf in the house of the LORD
forever.g

Now, I am not negating anything this person posted because we all experience different things but I am saying that God does grant peace even in the worst of circumstances for those that follow God. Have I always experienced it? No, I haven’t but I can honestly say that in those moments that I did struggle to seek God and prayed for help. 🙂

When Peace Cannot Be Found

We all know this. Sometimes, there is no peace, no still waters….no perceived hope. When I am in that place, that is when I lean on my family, friends, church and of course God. I speak to my wife, hug my son, post on Facebook, ask for prayer from my church. I don’t go it alone. If you’ve ever watched a nature show then you know the predators wait for the straggler…the one going it alone. They circle and kill the weak. If you seek others for support and seek God you will not be alone in your time of weakness.

We just celebrated Martin Luther King day and I ran across this awesome quote and it made me think of our struggle as cancer patients and of those that support us.

By opening our lives to God in Christ we become new creatures. The experience which Jesus spoke of as the new birth is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists… Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King was referring to things he could see and a struggle that could be measured but it made me think how, without God & Christ, the ultimate struggle for life and death is made more difficult. Without leaning on an eternal, unchanging love then all of our emotions, opinions and hopes are not tied to anything solid but blows in the wind. They become subject to our latest scan or blood test or mood. We become vulnerable to the predator. For me, I can only do what I believe in which is to trust God that he loves me and has a plan for my life and my family’s life. If you haven’t, I think you will find comfort in his wisdom and love…and no, cancer does not have a silver lining.

God bless and keep fighting,

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