Sunday, January 12, 2014

Little but BIG Blessings

Don't you love it when God blesses you with things that alone are fairly insignificant, but in context of the circumstance are HUGE!!! I think I first became aware of this wonder (can't think of the right word) when my dad passed away a few years ago. My mom, sister, and I cleared out our stuff from the hospital room but didn't make it home with my sister's jacket. She and I drove back to the hospital and found it on the sidewalk next to where we had parked. In all reality, the jacket was a little thing, but the fact the we found it on a day that we were already stressed and emotional was a BIG blessing. All the way home I was thanking God for the little but BIG blessing

Now I'm more aware of these blessings, and it's fun to recognize them! We experienced several the day of my 6 month follow up last week. We were able to stop and see a sweet friend and her three adorable kids, shop at some of our favorite stores, and attend the Light the Night Walk recognition dinner. It's always uncomfortable attending events where you don't know anyone. We picked a corner spot at the big "U" shaped table and were blessed by the couple who sat next to us. 

Obviously, we have cancer in common due to being involved with the Walk. One of their sons just passed his five year mark of being cancer free from a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma! The more we talked, the more we found we have in common. The church they attend supports the ministry where we work (Cookson Hills Christian Ministry). Their minister and another son attended our alma mater (Ozark Christian College). That son and his family are sponsored on the mission field by the church we attended for 10+ years after being married (College Heights Christian Church). 

We were blessed in a BIG way by meeting this couple. They were so encouraging, and the love of Jesus radiated from them. We exchanged contact information and have already been e-mailing! I hope to learn some fundraising tips from them as they were recognized at the dinner for team and individual efforts!

Another blessing that night was seeing one of my chemo nurses. She gave me a big hug after I told her my good CT scan results! It was a sweet moment.

Then this morning I was thinking of the biggest blessing of all during communion at church. If you've read some of my blog posts, you know that cancer has given me a whole new outlook on the gift of God's salvation. Again, what is the point of physical healing without spiritual healing??? With communion, the tiny piece of bread and miniature cup of juice alone don't seem that significant. However, these seemingly little elements are reminders of the BIG sacrifice Jesus made for us. There's no bigger blessing!

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay

Light of the World by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
~ written by Keith Getty  and Stuart Townend

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