God has a plan. Though I may not understand it now. I know there is a reason for the hardship I’m facing.
When I wrote my debut novel, Under This Same Sky, I never dreamed I would walk through some of the same feelings my heroine, Becky Hollister did–feelings of doubt and loss. Questioning God. Devastating loss sent her faith spiraling. I’m determined the trial I’m facing will affirm my faith rather than shatter it.
A CANCER DIAGNOSIS
My cancer diagnosis came just two weeks after my father’s death due to the same horrible disease. How thankful I was he would never have to know the path ahead for me. Through all the plethora of tests and procedures, I gained a greater empathy for those who’ve received the same devastating news. And as I begin treatments, I realize how little control I have over what lies ahead.
A CLEAR CHOICE
There is but one clear choice. I must entrust my future to the Lord, approach this challenge with Him at my side, lean into Him instead of becoming embittered or downcast.
When troubles come, it’s tempting to blame God for our unwanted circumstances. In the face of tragedy, Becky Hollister’s faith is shaken. She doubts God’s goodness, His faithfulness to see her through the loss she faces.
A FAITH JOURNEY
My heroine, Becky’s, faith journey begins when she leaves her home to accompany her blinded father to St. Louis. There the Lord stirs her heart toward Him by opening her heart to His plan and blessing for her life. Her faith becomes more genuine as she witnesses God’s ability to turn tragedy into triumph. and loss into gain.
That is my prayer as I undergo this cancer journey. Already the Lord has been speaking to my heart, demonstrating His goodness and faithfulness through the kindness and generosity of His people. It’s my prayer that my love and appreciation for Him will deepen, and that this experience will enable me to share God’s love to others who need to sense His presence and peace.
Like Becky, I may never fully know why the Lord allowed this trial to come into my life, but I have the promise that He is with me and His plans are for me, not against me. No matter the outcome, I can have peace in knowing I belong to Him.
When have you faced a challenge that tested your faith?
Cynthia Roemer’s PRAIRIE SKY SERIES: Stories of faith and resilience on the Midwest prairie Inspirational Historical Romance
UNDER THIS SAME SKY ~ BOOK ONE
UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES ~ BOOK TWO
UNDER MOONLIT SKIES ~ BOOK THREE