Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
This has been a crazy year for my husband and I. Eight months into marriage he was diagnosed with Stage 3, Hodgikins Lymphoma. He's been through 6 months of chemotherapy. Now three months later the doctors still can't confirm that he's clear. There are suspicious cellswhere there shouldn't be.
But night after night I lie in bed and think, “We’re so blessed!”
I know most people are probably thinking how can you say that when your husband is struggling with cancer?
But honestly in the midst of this storm I just feel held, buoyant and incredibly blessed to be living this life, right now.
Perhaps this is one of the most valuable lessons that watching my husband being treated for cancer has given me; the ability to realize that being blessed isn’t connected to being given good things.
So often in our Christian worlds' we call ourselves blessed when we’ve received a new car or been given free tickets to a concert we really wanted to go to or got a really cool job.
When we do this it is easy to forget that we are blessed all the time - whether our circumstances are a bed of roses or whether they are filled with thorns.
When we realize that blessings are not dependent on the situations we find ourselves in, it’s easier to lie in the midst of all our problems, battles and struggles and say, “We’re so blessed!”
What can you thank God for today? Please share in the comments.
Wendy van Eyck runs a 24-hour Gospel Music Television channel that broadcasts to 47 African countries. Her website www.ilovedevotionals.com features devotionals that range from learning about God while doing laundry to discovering biblical truths while caring for her cancer fighting husband. Follow her on twitter: @wendyvaneyck or find her on facebook. Don't forget you can subscribe to this blog by clicking here.