A few weeks ago, I had my regular check-up at the cancer centre that are part of my post-cancer treatment care, every six months. These check-up appointments are full of knots in my stomach and crippling anxiety from the uncertainty and past trauma. But here we are.
Two years post-cancer treatment and I’m feeling good. What an absolute blessing it is to be able to say that.
Somehow, the “what ifs” don’t seem to matter much in this current season. I’m choosing to not obsess over them and rather celebrate how far I’ve come. As long as I feel good, I’m good, and that’s all that matters.
It’s a shift in perspective from “what if” to “even if” – because “what if” is fear and “even if” is faith. Jesus is good even if those what ifs happen.
Perspective. What a wonderful thing.
We can’t control what happens in our lives, and wow, sometimes do I ever wish I could. But when I release my need for control over my life and the situations I find myself in, I realize the importance of staying in control of my perspective, above all else.
So, what if my test results show a new spot? What if something changes? What if my tumour markers are elevated? What if?
Well, even if my test results show a new spot and new cell growth, even if something changes, and even if my tumour markers become elevated, God is still good. He is still in control. He will work this out for good. Even if.
Are you seeing through the worldly perspective of what your illness says about you? Through what your salary says about you? Through what your marital status says about you? Fix your focus.
You can’t control your situation but you can control your perspective. We need to choose, every day, to see our situations through God’s perspective and not a worldly perspective. We tend to want God to see our perspective but we need to strive to see through God’s perspective and His purpose for our situations – because let’s face it, the situations we’re in tend not to make much sense when we’re in them, but when we focus on Jesus and put our trust in Him we can believe that He will work our situation for His good.
What lens are you seeing your current situation through? Do you need to fix your perspective? Let’s view our situations from a new perspective today.