What does it mean to take a trip down memory lane? How often do you take the time to revisit that place? Do you look back at events of your life and consider how you got through it?
Memory Lane should be a place you intentionally and frequently visit so that you can spend time reminiscing on the faithfulness and goodness of God. It is a place where you re-examine the events of your life, leading you to visualize and connect to the omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence of God.
It is on memory lane that you are able to reflect on all the times that the presence of God accompanied you throughout your life on that road less traveled, allowing you to recognize that He has not only ordered your steps, but also paved the way for you to make it out on victory lane. It is important that you go back to that place of recollection where you experienced bumpy terrain, potholes and dead ends, trod through hills and valleys, leading you to the other side. Memory Lane forces us to see God’s mercy and grace.
Remember, you didn’t get there on your own. You weren’t traveling alone either. The Lord never left your side. He carried you when you felt you couldn’t go on. He picked you up each time you fell down. He stood by your side, reminding you that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, so it’s ok to lay all your burdens on Him.
The road of life may not always be easy and you might approach dead ends and detours, but God is our light when we are on the path of darkness. Thank You Lord, that You are the pillar of cloud by day to lead the way, and a pillar of fire by night to give us light. (Exodus 13:21)
“The Pathway through Prayer”
When there is a fork in the road, do you take the one more often traveled or the one less traveled?
This poem by Robert Frost can be interpreted based on your spiritual view of life and the relationship you have with Christ. From a spiritual standpoint, the road less traveled shows that when you take the road that few people choose to take, you are choosing a path that frees yourself from the conformity of others.
You are choosing to let God lead the way.
You are letting go and allowing God to have full control.
You are saying, Jesus take the wheel.
You are confident in saying, not my will but Your will be done Lord.
Yet, the road more traveled is the route so often chosen. At the end of it all, the focus is on self (flesh) and not on God (Spirit):
I did it my way!
I’ll have my way, in my own time. I’ll have my say, my star will shine.
My way has always worked. My way is what got me here.
My way to combat anything is just to walk straight into it with my fists up!
When I look at this image of a divergent road, I am reminded that for those who are in Christ, He will order our steps and direct our path. However, it’s important for us to first acknowledge that we need Him and we can’t do it on our own.
“Choose not a path that God Can’t bless for it will end in sure defeat but choose a path of victory and with his plan you won’t compete. God’s plan always lead to victory.” ~Author Unknown~
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. ~Matthew 7:13-14
In life, there are many paths to take (free choice), but when you are walking with the Lord, your steps have been ordered. He has given us the road map, which is the Bible, and provided us with a GPS, the Holy Spirit. So whether you choose to take the road more traveled or the one less traveled, just remember, the road best traveled is the one that the Lord is on with you.
We should never forget all the times in our lives when God has been so faithful. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, and no one can be on the right path without Him.
Do you remember those times when you experienced God’s presence and that you had the companionship of the Comforter?
In 2018, I found myself on a journey that was unplanned and unexpected. It was a path that led me down cancer alley. It was a dark and narrow road, in which many experienced death, yet I realized I wouldn’t be traveling solo because joining me was Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the misery I faced would be my story to minister to others.
It’s a story of courage, faith, trust, hope, and strength!
That is my story! A story that tells of a path I never expected to be on. Though the journey was not easy at times, thankfully, I never had to travel it alone.
The Lord was with me.
He was my refuge and my strength.
I remember, because I can’t stop thinking about His goodness!
Take a moment to travel down memory lane and remember all those times when you just couldn’t see what’s on the road ahead, then the Lord shone a glimmer of light for you to see that He is there with you, to bring you hope.
Lauren Daigle’s song, Remember, puts me right back on memory lane to never forget where I was and what He has brought me through.
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In the darkest hour, when I cannot breathe
Fear is on my chest, the weight of the world on me
Everything is crashing down, everything I had known
When I wonder if I’m all alone
I remember, I remember
You have always been faithful to me
I remember, I remember
Even when my own eyes could not see
You were there, always there
I will lift my eyes even in the pain
Above all the lies, I know You can make a way
I have seen giants fall, I have seen mountains move
I have seen waters part because of You
Lauren Daigle~ Remember
“His Plan…His Purpose”
Society has a way of deceiving us that all we have to do is dress up our outwardly appearance, which in turn will uplift our inward attitude.
We can spice up our life with the latest fashion, cover up our flaws with make up, or go a bit more extreme and surgically correct those visible imperfections. Yet when we are done transforming our outwardly appearance, and we feel good about the final product, God still looks at our heart.
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. ~Romans 8:6
We wonder at times why the Lord allow us to go through these dreadful calamities and endure the unthinkable. Why didn’t He just spare us from it all. After all, He’s omniscient and He knows it would tear us down, crush our spirit, and bruise our ego.
When I look back at the journey I’ve been on with ovarian cancer, I could never imagine that after experiencing such a positive recovery in 2019, that the cancer would return only a month after I was declared cancer free.
I was healed, and healed indeed I was! Well, so I thought!
But God had a different plan for me. Sometimes the road isn’t so less traveled. God puts us back on that path because it’s never about us but all for His glory.
I was humbled very quickly when I heard these words, “The cancer came back!”
I had to quickly reposition, adjust my thoughts, and align my thinking on a heightened spiritual level, not my will Lord, but Yours be done. I want it to be less about me and more about You.
I was then ready to go back into battle. I suited up with the whole armor and I was prepared to allow the darts to come at me from whichever angle. Faith over Fear was my mantra because I knew that the full armor of Christ I put on daily would be my shield and protection.
You see, my Savior wasn’t concerned about the scar I carried outwardly, He wanted to know the condition of my heart and that the desires of my heart was aligned with His will for my life. He wanted to see if when tossed in the fire, was I still willing to allow Him to order my steps and put me on the road I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.
Our trials are used to transform our hearts so that we may experience the greater work of God’s abiding purpose within us.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ~John 15:5
I wasn’t sure of the CT scan outcome as I was penning my thoughts on paper to write this post. Though in the past, I would write the outcome ahead of time of how I think the CT results would turn out, basing it all on my faith.
It was a little different this time. I decided that I would wait on the actual results before I jump ahead of myself. In the midst of that, I stopped to pray telling God that I don’t know what His plans are, but I will continue to trust Him.
Sometime later, I was looking at my appointment schedule and as my eyes scrolled down the page, I was reminded of my survivorship follow up appointment. I considered to myself, wow, it was a whole year ago that my survivorship doctor and I celebrated me being cancer free. So now, when I go back to see her, I will share with her that not in my wildest dreams did I think that a year ago when she scheduled this follow up appointment, it would be a month later that I would have to go through treatment all over again.
The bizarre thing is that as my eyes fixated on the date, a sense of familiarity began to weigh over my spirit and my mind was trying to make a connection, but in the moment, it wasn’t clear to me. The appointment is scheduled for 9/22. Then suddenly, the Holy Spirit laid this unusual urge on my heart to look up chapter 9, verse 22 in the Bible, but I paused in wonder, asking the Lord, “but from what Book?” It was in that moment that Matthew became my focus. I was frozen for a second when I considered how the Lord just perfectly aligned my thoughts with His.
The irony is that Matthew 9:22 was not unfamiliar to me during my cancer journey. My faith was grounded on the promises of Matthew 9:22, which reads:
“But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
Can I tell you how astounded I was. What you may not know is that the whole premise of me wearing a cape to every chemo treatment was based on Matthew 9:22.
A few months ago, as I was walking up to the elevator, a nurse said to me, “What’s the meaning behind the cape?” I proudly said to her, “I wear this cape throughout my cancer journey to remind me that I’m covered by the blood of Jesus.”
She responded, “That is beautiful. Amen!”
On every visit to Baptist, there is always at least one person commenting on my cape. I often times heard people whispering or expressing aloud, “I love her (your) cape!” Some even referred to me as a Superhero in the cape.
When I was first diagnosed and I was seeking the Lord in prayer, I was reminded of the woman in the Bible who bled for 12 years and in spotting Jesus in the crowd, she desperately wanted to touch the hem of His cloak because she knew that with one touch she would be healed. I too wanted to experience the faith that woman had, so it became my desire to purchase a cape and wear it as a representation of the miracle Jesus performed for that woman who bled for 12 long years. My principal took the task upon herself to have one made for me.
Looking back, I can remember how many times me wearing my cape sparked a conversation, allowing me the opportunity of mentioning the Lord. My former nurse practitioner even expressed her desire to have capes made for other cancer survivors to participate in a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness event.
Even my clinical trial team was so moved by my faith behind the cape that one of the clinical trial team members had her mother make me another cape to add to my collection.
This is my story and my recovery journey as I remember how God used the trials He allowed me to endure so that I can be a source of light for Him.
The results of my CT scan showed that God did it again! My doctor said that I had great response to the chemotherapy. The CT scan results showed no visible signs of the cancer. Over a period of months, my CA 125 (tumor marker) has continued to decrease. Therefore, I will no longer need chemotherapy. As part of my maintenance treatment, I am taking a parp inhibitor (pill) which helps prevent cancer cells from repairing their damaged DNA. I will also continue to receive infusion every three weeks. This drug is a monoclonal antibody which works by slowing the growth of new blood vessels. He said that when both drugs are used in combination, it has shown to have great results.
God knows just how much you can endure and what He will allow you to go through. He is the author of our story and our life is an illustration of how we choose to live it for Him.
“Our Path Determined”
When you come to that fork in the road, remember, God has already chosen your path and ordered your steps to be transformed. However, because He gives us free choice, it is important that we prayerfully allow Him to guide and direct us. He will put us on a path that leads to the manifestation of His glory.
Wouldn’t you prefer God to order your steps because the path you have chosen for yourself could lead to self destruction?
Saul’s story was just that, he was on the road to destruction but instead God put him on a path of redemption. The road to Damascus led him on a journey of inward transformation.
Like scripture reminds us in Corinthians 4:16-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
See outwardly, like Saul, we are wasting away, denying the spirit and living by the flesh.
Isn’t it so comforting to know that though someone’s life can be meaningless, with enmity from Jesus Christ, when God gets a hold of that person, He can transform any Saul into a Paul.
Paul’s transformation went from Christian persecutor to Jesus follower.
Though physically an unbeliever could be blinded to the truth of who God is, like Paul, God can transform that person’s sight to become a light for Jesus.
So with reverent wonder, reflect on how the hands of God have carried you through. Don’t get hung up on the trials of life, because once you have traveled through these momentary road blocks, you will end up on victory lane.
Look past the health diagnosis, beyond the financial burdens, overlook the roadblocks, and see past lifes’ struggles. Rather, set your eyes on the promise, put your hope in Jesus, focus your mind on His love, and look to eternity.
Paul ran the race, he kept the faith, and he reached the end. I did! So can you!
He still couldn’t visit, but husband was with me in spirit.
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