Every season in our lives comes with its own blessings and challenges. There are seasons when we feel like Wonder Woman and we’re able to handle everything that comes our way. Then there are seasons when life throws its curve balls and we can’t seem to gain traction. I can relate to this so much. As an “A Type” personality, I am always on the go working on multiple projects, managing a busy travel schedule and making sure things are running smoothly at home. It’s easy to feel like I have it all when everything goes according to plan.
But, last year, after a routine mammogram, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. As you can imagine, everything in my life came to a screeching halt. All of my “priority projects” took a quick back seat. I entered a new season with a new top priority – my health.
I will never forget the first day of chemo. As I sat in the chair at the hospital — the nurse explained the procedure I was about to undergo. I felt a fear I had never experienced before. I understood that once the IV was plugged into my arm, I was starting a process that would alter the natural rhythms of my body. I would lose my hair, lose my appetite, and undergo painful and unpleasant side effects. I wanted to run, scream, hide and cry. But I stayed and prayed: “God help me.” And He did. I struggled through 6 months of weekly chemotherapy and one month of daily radiation treatments. I am now on the upswing with three months of adjuvant treatments to go as I continue to also manage through the side effects.
We’ve all heard the phrase: “Where God calls you, He will equip you”. When we hear this, we think about our calling. We associate being equipped with God’s assignment for us in the world. We think about our mission field and how God will use us to change lives. We rarely associate this equipping with managing through life’s challenges. But, during this season, where God has called me to focus on my health, He has equipped me.
When I needed medical care, He directed me to the right medical institution with outstanding doctors. When I needed time off from work, He provided an understanding boss and colleagues. When I needed prayer, He provided a church family and brothers and sisters-in-Christ who prayed for me. When I needed emotional support and encouragement, He provided a loving husband, family and friends who cheered me on and held my hand.
In this season – I have it all.
Perhaps in this season, God is calling you to be your best at work. Or, He may be calling you to give your marriage and / or your children your full attention. It could be that during this season He is calling you to make rest a priority. Whatever it is, know that in this season, if God calls you, He will equip you. Call on Him. You, too, can have it all.