The Valley Ahead
Well, here I am again, standing on the ridge of this valley called Chemotherapy dreading the journey that looms ahead of me. My treatment is Wednesday and each time the side effects have gotten worse and lasted longer. In fact, some of them are not subsiding from treatment to treatment. My toes are still numb, I still have a lingering queasiness, and my tongue is still desensitized which messes with my taste–I love hot and spicy now even more than sweet. You think they make jalapeno donuts?
It’s usually about this time that I start getting anxious about the upcoming treatment. Now that I know what to expect my mind likes to dwell on those four or five days following treatment when the darkness creeps in and shadows follow me. Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.
Last night at church a verse popped out at me and it was just what I needed. Revelation 19:11 (talking about Jesus’ second coming) says, I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider [Jesus] is called Faithful and True.
In Scripture Jesus is often called names that reflect His character. Faithful and True. I like that. I need that.
No matter what this valley contains, no matter what the journey through it is like, no matter how dark it gets or uncomfortable or frightening, no matter how long it lasts, I can rest assured that I have a Companion and that He is faithful and true. Always.