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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

For Such A Time As This

Wow, how God uses our stuff, wasting nothing. He turns "our mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victory"! A relative asked me if I would reach out to someone who had just been diagnosed with cancer. I had never met her and didn't know if she was a believer. Before long, she would text me prior to her treatments and ask for prayer. I would call her and pray over the phone. 1 Timothy 2: 1, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people..." Because of my journey I knew what to pray for. We prayed that while the chemo gets every bad cell that God would protect her heart, lungs and organs. We prayed we see the many blessings and thank God for how He is using this journey in her life and her family's life.

Getting emotionally involved with someone with cancer is not easy for me, it is obedience. It brings back painful memories. I am embarrassed because I cry so easy. I remember that treatment and I don't want anyone to go through that. I told her I try so hard not to cry but as soon as I say, "Father God..." the tears come. I think that is my point of total surrender which comes with release. Psalm 46: 1, "God is our refuge and strength..." Thanks be to God!

A few months later when I was having surgery she sent me the sweetest message. At the end of the text it said, "Praying for you today. I love you friend." And even though we have never met, we are sisters in Christ. God brought us together for a time such as this. We finally met as two strong, healthy Christians. To her, "I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3


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