Philippians 4: 6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
An entry from Andrea journal written on 19 Jan 2007
Lord, as I believe we are approaching the end of this cancer invasion, I thank you for all we have learned and for our growth spiritually. Sometimes I was anxious but through prayer we overcame our fears, and I learned to trust in and to lean on you. We poured our hearts out to you and made our desire and request for healing known to you. You gave us peace which we still cannot understand. A complete peace. You guarded our hearts and our minds from attacks of fear and desperation. Our faith in you has grown and we are learning how to never be anxious. I love you Father and thank you for your healing of the cancer in my body. You renew me.
As I read this entry from Andrea I think it is a good summary of her faith. It would make a good last entry into this blog don't you think? Not that this is my last entry, just that it would make a good last entry. It is about faith, about our humanness, and God's provision. Its about hope trust and faith. And that pretty much sums up life.
If you have ever faced a trial or difficulty in your life I'm sure you have read Philippians 4:6-7. It is one of those verses that you cling to in times of trouble. Andrea and I said it many times to each other. Unlike other times in my life verses like this one changed from mere words on a page to food for my soul. As if I could taste the words as I read them. They fed a need in me as a glass of cold water meets your thirst on a hot summer day. The Bible became for me a source of strength. Its words were no longer just a formation of letters but nourishment to my soul. As my body needs nutrients to functions so was the word to my soul. It was amazing to feel the words as if I could chew on them when I read. I savored them as my lips formed the words. I was torn as I wanted them to linger in my mouth but I yearned to taste the next word. Never as the Bible been so real to me, so much more then words. I know I'm repeating myself but I can't find the the right way to express how this felt. The Bible became satisfying to me. It met a need. Like being full from a good meal it put a smile on my face yet left me waiting to be hungry again.