In 2015, I learned that I had ovarian cancer after four masses were found in my abdomen. I soon began a nine-week regimen of chemotherapy to shrink the masses before surgery. After surgery, a port was placed on my rib to allow additional treatments of chemotherapy to enter my abdomen directly. During each treatment, I had to lie still for several hours, then turn so that the drugs would coat my organs (I told Jim I felt like a rotisserie chicken)!
Those last few months were difficult. But one day, I had this thought: “I am one day closer to better!” The better included not only my hope for recovery, but also an end to having chemicals in my body. This mantra helped me to endure the rest of the treatments, as I counted down the hours, days, and weeks.
We are all “one day closer to better.” I believe this is the real gift of our faith- to know in our hearts that one day all will be well. We will often experience healings, recoveries, and sometimes even remissions on this our daily journey. But we also have the enduring hope of the eternal joy and freedom from all pain and suffering when we reach that very best “one day.” Holding this joy and this hope in our hearts helps us to endure.
Whatever trials are with us or before us, we can and will endure in faith because we know this very well:
We have the love of God that endures for all eternity.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 NIV)
(Bible verse taken from Biblegateway.com)