Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Only you can do it, but you can't do it alone!

I realized tonight that I finally made it through day one of my radiation and that I really wasn't there alone as I thought. I came across this quote and story and it reminded me... that if I ever go through something ALONE, it is because I have chosen to do it that way. I have been blessed and watched over my whole life, why should this be any different? I just need to remember that on the days that I feel so overwhelmed. So tomorrow will be Day 2 and then Day 3 and 4 and hopefully before I know it, I will be having my last treatment on Day 33 and I will  have given my body even a better chance of not having Cancer return. The hardest part of course it that no one can promise you that. There is still so much that we don't know about cancer, I have seen it return in people who have done everything that has been suggested or asked of them. I just pray that I will be able to accomplish what it is that I am suppose to accomplish, this time around in my fight against cancer. Thank you for helping me and my family all along the way. Have a great night!

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage? His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him there all alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shines on his face. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of strange noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might stumble upon him and do him some harm. The wind blew the grass and the earth shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing his blindfold once. He knew it was the only way for him to become a man!

Finally, after the horrific night ended, the sun appeared in the horizon and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from any harm.
We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

'For we walk by faith, not by sight.' 2 Corinthians 5:7

P.S. Now that my daughter Lauren has shown me how to attach her photos, I am excited because probably all my posts now will have them. That is so neat. Thanks Lauren!


Amy said...

That is the perfect story to remind all of us that we're never alone. Thanks so much for sharing it! I hope you're doing well and that you know we're all thinking about you and praying for you! I love you Mom!

Matt and Cristina said...

I love that story! Maybe, I'll use that in my talk too. Thank you so much for talking to me so long last night. I love you so much. You have always been an inspiration and mother figure to me. You are in my thoughts and prayers always!