Have you ever had your eye on something to buy and all of a sudden you start seeing it everywhere around you? Well, I feel like that is how it is now that we are in the world of cancer. It seems like everyone has it or has had it or their cousin has it and on and on.
And when you’re in the world of cancer, you hear many stories. Ones of hope and miracles, and ones of heart breaking sadness. Survivors and victims.
But for me the stories that are the hardest right now are the ones where the children were survivors and then months, even years later, they ended up as victims to cancer. I hate that. I hate that they had relief for some time but the fight had to continue.
As I was praying a few nights ago, all of this was weighing heavy on me. I want healing for Bennett, but not just for a month or for a year or even 10 years. I want complete healing. As a friend reminded me…the kind of healing where you walk away not even smelling like smoke.
You will understand what I mean after we read a little in Daniel 3. King Nebuchadnezzar had this huge golden statue built and he required that everyone bow down and worship it when they played music in the town. And if you didn’t do this then you would be thrown into a blazing furnace…yikes! But the King heard that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not worshiping the image of gold. So he summoned these three men and asked them if it was true. He even threatened them of the blazing furnace and asked, “Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”. I just LOVE how the story finishes (please take the time to read it all!)…
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
There are so many nuggets of truth to pull out of this. In the first paragraph, they responded to King Nebuchadnezzar with such faith that God would deliver them. But even if He didn’t, they still trusted His plan. That’s definitely living in God’s Story!
And don’t you just love the king’s surprise to see the fourth body in that fire? Oh, we are surely in the fire too with Bennett, and we trust our Jesus is there, the son of the God, protecting us.
But the part that makes my heart sing some more is their deliverance from that fire. It’s not just that they were saved, but they walked out of that blazing furnace with no smell of fire even on them. And you know how the smell of the smoke just attaches to you…even just standing next to a camp fire and you stink of it. But they were IN the fire, and came out stink free.
That’s the smell of healing we are praying for. I want Bennett to walk out of this blazing furnace with no smell of cancer even close to him and with a lifetime ahead of him! We might have to walk around in that fire a little longer than those three men did, but we will stay in there as long as we need to. And we will stay in there protected!
And I’m convinced that your prayers are protecting us! Bennett had chemo last night and slept through it all…again! But more is ahead…Next week will probably be radiation and possibly a feeding tube for his nutrition. We will keep you posted.
So don’t forget to sign up to pray for Bennett this month (click here). Seriously, just click to see how many people are praying! It is amazing.
Oh, the smell of healing will be so sweet! Get your noses ready:)