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A Must Read about Suffering

February 1, 2010

Follow the link below and take some time to get to know Matt Chandler and his battle with cancer.  Pray for Matt and his family, but also allow God to speak to your heart about Matt’s amazing perspective on suffering.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35086396/ns/health-cancer//

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3 Comments
  1. The Annoyed Elephant permalink

    This is very similar to another pastor’s journey (http://www.crosswalk.com/1383847/) – one that helped me through my own storm.

    For those who don’t know me (or didn’t know), I was born with congenital talipes equinovarus – clubfoot. Some of us folks live their entire lives with little effect (some going to great accomplishments – Mia Hamm, Kristi Yamauchi, Jim Mecir, and Freddy Sanchez… and Joseph Goebbels, but we’ll ignore him 🙂 ).

    Others, however, end up with severe deformities and mobility limitations. I’m one of those – but I was determined to be more, to be better. I refused to be considered “disabled”, and actually turned down the opportunity to serve on our local board for persons with disabilities with the simple explanation of “I’m not disabled”. The result is that most people underestimated me, and I’ve pushed myself to overcome their shortsightedness.

    And then I broke my knee in half. Not my clubfoot knee – my good knee. All of the sudden, I had a choice: support my – ahem – immense body weight on a weakened clubfoot leg that couldn’t physically do it, or sit my butt in wheelchair. The laws of physics made the choice clear.

    And I was freakin’ miserable.

    And the one thing that got me through it… the one, single thing that kept me focused… was the simple reminder God gave me that He was in charge, He had this all planned out from beginning to end, and that my job was simply to walk the path laid out before me.

    Faith in a sovereign God you can’t see isn’t always the easiest thing – even for believers. Sometimes, especially for believers.

    So there I was, miserable and angry and immobile… and I came across this article I linked to. And now I’ve shared it with you.

    Therefore, you are special.

  2. Thanks Scott for sharing. Your journey and faith have definitely been an inspiration to me! You made a powerful statement and choice:

    “And the one thing that got me through it… the one, single thing that kept me focused… was the simple reminder God gave me that He was in charge, He had this all planned out from beginning to end, and that my job was simply to walk the path laid out before me.”

    Love ya Buddy

  3. Thanks for sharing the chandler’s story. we will continue to pray for healing.

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