Faith or Fear in the Storm?

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This last week, earth lost an amazing woman, but heaven gained a precious saint. The life and testimony of Amy Caldwell Bixby have been an encouragement to many, myself included.

I've been following her blog closely, ever since I was diagnosed with cancer last year. Although every cancer case is different, the reality of the possibility of dying from cancer is faced by every cancer patient. You just can't get around it.

However, what we focus on affects our outlook in a huge way. Amy’s focus on Christ throughout her trial was and will continue to be a challenge to me.

Just the other day, I was talking to a friend facing a cancer recurrence. She wants to celebrate her next birthday. Understandably so.

We discussed fear and faith. Fear debilitates. Faith strengthens.

Fear focuses on the circumstances. Faith looks to our all-powerful God.

God doesn't give us the spirit of fear (1Timothy 1:7), yet our human tendency is to doubt rather than trust.

Since I heard the news of Amy’s home going last Friday, her family has not been far from my mind. Nor has the song “Finally Home” by Don Wyrtzen.

When alarmed by the fury of the restless sea,
Towering waves before you roll,
At the end of doubt and peril is eternity,
Though fear and conflict seize your soul

But just think of stepping on shore, and finding it heaven,
Of touching a hand, and finding it God's,
Of breathing new air, and finding it celestial,
Of waking up in Glory, and finding it "Home."

When surrounded by the blackness of the darkest night,
Oh how lonely death can be!
At the end of this long tunnel is a shinning light,
For death is swallowed-up in Victory!

Just think of stepping on shore, and finding it heaven,
Of touching a hand, and finding it God's,
Of breathing new air, and finding it celestial,
Of waking up in Glory, and finding it "Home."

This song depicts a storm out at sea and expresses the feelings of the one in the boat during such a storm. Alarm. Fear. Conflict. Blackness. Loneliness.

These words accurately describe the emotions experienced not only by cancer patients but also their closest relatives and friends. Although not continually experienced, these feelings are faced at some or numerous points along the way.

But what a joy it is to know Christ! To have that inner peace and assurance of a relationship with Christ that will one day blossom into meeting Him face to face in glory--this is a treasure that no money here on earth can buy! He is the ultimate cure for our sin problem and He is the source of joy for all people, including cancer patients!

If you have put your faith in Christ as your personal Saviour, you can be confident that Heaven will be your home when you take your last breath on earth.

If you have not yet put your faith in Him, I urge you to examine the amazing Gospel of Christ and look to Him. Here are a few videos you can check out: 1)What Do I Have to Do to Be Saved?
2)Five Eternal Questions and
3)The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Or if you're a reader, look here. And don’t miss Amy’s blog entry The Valley of the Shadow of Death.

If you are dealing with cancer--whether at the beginning of the journey, in the middle, or hoping it's forever behind you--my heart goes out to you and your family. May God’s love surround you, His grace uphold you, and His peace fill your heart. And may He enable you not to focus on the storm but on His amazing character!