Coming Back Strong like Samson

Has it been a year?….. I feel a bit like Samson as I sit down to write today! My hair is growing back and with it my strength is returning. πŸ™‚ The past year seems like a distant blur. As I read through the blogposts I had written it is almost surreal to think of all that my body and soul has been through in the past year and a half. The promises, that I had read and appreciated for many years prior to cancer, have taken on new meaning. Like in Isaiah 35:3-4 my weak hands have been strengthened my feeble knees of faith made firm. I can now look back and say to those who are fearful in heart ‘Be strong, and do not fear….He [God] will come and save you’. Would I want to go back through this again, no, not exactly! Would I trade it for the world, NEVER! God has shown that He is:

Faithful

Strong

Mighty

Victorious

The Great Healer

The Good Shepherd

The Wonderful Counselor

The Prince of Peace

My Everlasting Father

Life has new meaning and value. I join in with the virtuous woman in saying:

"...she laughs without fear of the future" Proverbs 31:25

Sorrow lasted for a night but it’s true, joy and laughter have come in the morning (Psalms 30:5). It’s not to say that I think that life will just be a bed of roses from here on out – I am too much of a realist to believe that – but there is a joy, peace, and strength that was forged in the fire of great suffering that will always be with me and allow me to laugh again! So, I walk into the bright light of the new morning with my head held high, my new hair blowing in the wind (well, all 1 1/2 inches of it πŸ™‚ ), and my face bathed with the sun of righteousness which came with healing in its wings (Malachi 4:2)

more of this world strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. 

I’m not planning on following after my mentor, Samson, and knocking down any actual pillars, but my strength has returned and I am ready to get back to the frontlines of this war for the souls of the Mwinika men and women. (Trying to get back there is another story for another post πŸ™‚ ). But, may God give me the strength of Samson to knock over the pillars of my enemy, to join with my Savior to

"...preach the good news, and proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind that the oppressed will be set free" Luke 4:18

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