Soul Letters for the Cancer Sojourner #28 Believe What God Says About You

Believe what God says about you.

This will take a step of faith – perhaps the very first one you’ve ever taken. Faith may be the last thing you feel capable of right now. But if you’ve ever read or heard someone’s story and laughed or cried with it, or been moved or inspired by it, then you are capable of faith. It takes faith to believe, and to believe in someone’s story, whether it really happened or is made up. If you’ve ever believed someone else’s story as they told it to you, you have enough faith to believe in your own.

Believe what God says about you.

If you’ll take this step of faith, then all the tangled, crumpled things will begin to unravel and unfold before you. You may begin to believe you can indeed let go when everything inside you screams to hold on. Letting go can feel like the last thing you want to do, but letting go is what you need to do to move beyond the here and now. There’s a saying, “Let go, or be dragged.” Can you remember how it feels to let go?

When you let go, you’ll feel afraid. Perhaps very afraid. But in surrender, you will begin to see everything afresh. What’s been unclear and hidden from you will come into view. Your eyes will see horizons again. When was the last time you saw a horizon?

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Believe what God says about you.

Faith is the first step, and will always be the first step toward healing, wholeness, health, freedom and future, whatever the outcome of this present difficulty.

Yes, even if the worst possible case scenario seems or becomes inevitable, there’s still room and scope for hope, healing and wholeness – in your soul and in your mind, in your relationships and in your religion. You can be healed, even if you don’t survive this.

There are more ways than one for cancer to kill you. And there’s more than one way for faith to heal you.

Believe what God says about you.

Don’t be afraid.  It’s only one step.

The first step isn’t a leap. A leap of faith may come later, after you’ve mastered the step. God knows you, and He knows where you are. He knows you’re fragile right now. And He understands all you can cope with is one small step.

Believe what God says about you.

Listen. He’s speaking.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”*

You’re far from home, far from where you want to be. This exile feels like hell, like punishment and retribution and spite. But it isn’t those things. You haven’t been punished by God, but you have been captive. He wants to make you free. He wants to make you whole, healed and free.

Your story now has a chapter about an exile and a captivity. It’s not a perfect story any more. But there is a future and a hope in your story, still. God has written restoration and prosperity into your story. Don’t believe what you see right now. Believe instead in the higher story. Believe what God says about you.

Believe what God says about you.

*Jeremiah 29:11-14

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2 thoughts on “Soul Letters for the Cancer Sojourner #28 Believe What God Says About You”

  1. Thank you thank you – was reading this and felt like my own words were reverberating within my mind and heart – these are the very things I have been trying to tell myself these past few difficult and and at times traumatic years.Yes, you do have to believe in the words of truth and not in the lies, not in the deceptions that hold you back, trap you and prevent you from living the life He ordained for you from the beginning of time.
    You can go down the wrong path, you can be swept up in a maelstrom not of your own making, you can be shipwrecked – but you can hope, believe and dream and be a survivor, go on to tell your story whether people believe it or not! You know it is the truth because it is your story and no one can rob of that! They may try to shut you up, howl you down, force you to change it to make it more palatable, drown you out or treat you with ignore until you sink into oblivion – to the point where you even begin to doubt yourself. Don’t give in. Stay true to yourself – it is the only story you will ever have. You can begin again but your story will forever shape who you are and what you become. There are always new chapters and self belief will take you on a new journey and you find yourself in wonderful places, sharing with wonderful companions – other wayfarers thrown together under circumstances where you never expected to be or ever dared dream or believed could be true….but it all can happen. I know. I took the step. I learnt from the past and looked ahead. I held on tight and I did not flounder. I am making my way to safety. Calm waters, solid ground with open arms and steadfast footing. I have not abandoned hope and the horizon is beautiful and a new dawn is within my grasp……….Dear Jo – so

  2. Can feel you have been influenced by viewing Life of Pi. The book is phenomenal. It certainly makes you ponder about what is important in life and the essence of belief. Am sure the profundity of Pi’s need to tell his story and be believed did not escape you. John and I watched Oranges and Sunshine last night(i had seen it before though) again this is about victims/survivors be allowed to tell their stories, someone believing them and then taking that next step of actually understanding them – realising what the repercussions of how the awful, unmentionable truth in their stories had irrevocably changed and damaged their lives and traumatised their souls – to the point where they believed themselves worthless. If you haven’t seen it – Make sure you do. Really resonates with your writings at present. xx thank you friend for the opportunity to share thoughts.

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