Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Word of the Day.... May 21, 2013 All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand......

Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands 
take heed that he does not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12
Have you ever gone to the beach and had a big wave come and pull the sand out from under your feet and take you along with it and you are at the mercy of that wave and its power?  It is a scary thing to go through.  That is why I am so glad that I have Jesus.

There is an old song that we sang in church on Sunday that speaks perfectly how faith in Jesus Christ is a strong foundation for our faith.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When we sing songs like this one that is so familiar we just sing the words without truly thinking about what we are singing.  The lyrics are powerful and when we go through something hard in our lives we can stand on our faith in Jesus Christ and not sink into depression or lose hope.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

This verse of the song had real meaning in my life.  I will never forget the day that my doctor called me at home to tell me that I had lung cancer.  I felt the sand shifting below my feet and I felt as if I had no hope.  I fell to my knees and called out to Jesus.

At that moment my world changed forever.  Jesus was the rock that I would cling to for the next several months as I went through surgery and a summer of chemotherapy.

 His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

I have to honestly tell you that chemotherapy was something that was horrible and scary, but it was also where the Lord showed me His power.  Jesus carried me through that summer when I was too weak to care for myself.  In the midst of chemotherapy as I could feel the poison burning into my veins, He filled me to overflowing with a joy I had never felt!  It completely overwhelmed me.  He has never left me and He has been teaching me to rest in Him and that it is very possible to feel real joy in the midst of suffering.

 When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

I just had a check- up with my Oncologist and in September I will reach my four year lung cancer free status.  As we were looking at my CT scans he was pointing out how the chemo had damaged my brain, liver and my kidneys.  I am happy to report as of this last check–up my liver and kidneys have started to regenerate and normalize. I give all of the praise and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the solid Rock on which I stand.  Whether it’s convenient for you to believe that He is coming soon or not, He is coming.  We do not know the day or the hour but none of us know when our own lives will end.  We do know the season, and ready or not, He will come.  I know I’m ready, are you?  


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