Over the last several weeks, I’ve been hearing stories of people who found out that they have cancer, those who are struggling in their fight against cancer, some who are discovering that the cancer is back, others who are dealing with the after-effects of the chemo and/or radiation after being cured of the cancer, or a family who is dealing with a tragic event such as a terrible accident or a death. Listening to some of these stories, I felt their sadness, confusion, anger, and fear of the unknown. My heart went out to them, remembering these emotions I felt each time Chris and I heard bad news throughout our fight against the cancer.

When you hear such horrible or terrifying news – whether it’s you, your loved one, a relative, a close friend, or even a stranger – it feels like you’re suddenly in the dark, feeling such great despair. Don’t stay in the dark. Turn to God. Believe and trust that He will help you.

You may find yourself shaking your head at this, thinking how one can find hope in the face of A terrible news or tragedy. Think about this scripture:

“For humans it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”   ~Matthew 19: 26

I urge you to trust your faith to look up to God for that hope you cannot see but believe He will bring it to you.

I do know what I am saying here.

Early on in our race, Chris and I met with a doctor for a second opinion and we listened to the graphic, horrifying details on what he felt was necessary to fight the cancer and save Chris’ life. During the meeting, Chris fought to maintain composure and strength with the doctor while I struggled to keep the tears from flowing down my cheeks. It was very difficult to see the man I loved so much to have to endure the fight while feeling so helpless, knowing there wasn’t anything I could do to take his pain away.

After the doctor left, Chris grabbed my hand and led me out of the office quickly. By the time we reached the car, he was very calm. I looked at Chris amazed but I could no longer control my tears and I lost it, sobbing the pain I felt for him. Chris held my hand sweetly as I cried. Finally, when I was able to breathe again, I asked him how he could be so calm after hearing the horrible news and I couldn’t stop crying for him. I will always remember exactly how he responded and the serene expression he showed when he answered me.

“Steph, I take a deep breath, hold it, then let it out and as I do, I lift my hands up to God and pray, ‘God, take this. You can deal with it much better than I can. I don’t know what to do, but You do. I am not going to worry about this. I’ve got to stay focused on my fight here. So, I’m letting it go to You. Thank you.’ I stay quiet for a few minutes and then I’d feel peace in my heart. I’m okay. I can keep fighting.”

I didn’t know it then, but I became Chris’ witness on how he trusted God when we couldn’t see the hope we’d been praying for. He knew God would shine His light of love and hope on our road so that we could follow Him and keep riding on in our race. For it says,

“If God is with us, then who shall be against us?”  ~Romans 8:31

So… when it seems like there is no way to find hope in the darkness, keep your head up and look further down your road for God’s light. Believe that He will help you to stay strong in your faith, hope, and love to keep riding on in your race.

“To hope is the way we are saved. But if we saw what we hoped for, there would no longer be hope: how can you hope for what is already seen? So, we hope for what we do not see and we will receive it through patient hope.” ~Romans 8:24-25

Don’t give up.

Ride On Toward that Unseen Hope!

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