D-Day is what I affectionately call the day I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I hope that our incredible veterans don’t mind my borrowing that name. I fully recognize that my situation could never come close to the storming of the beaches at Normandy, France to take on the evil Nazi regime. However the feelings of horror and terror - of hopelessness and helplessness - that I experienced on my Diagnosis-Day echo in a small way what those brave men must have felt on D-day.
In Exodus 14 we read about another seemingly hopeless situation as the children of Israel are trapped between the Red Sea and the army of Egypt. As sure destruction is bearing down on them, Moses admonishes them in verse 13,
“Fear not! Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord this day.”
We all know what happened - how the Lord parted the sea for the Israelites to walk through and how the Egyptians drowned in the sea! All the Israelites had to do was stand still!
The Sunday after my D-Day, the elders of my church pulled me aside to lay hands on me and pray for me according to James 5:14-15.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”
One elder, George, shared with me that salvation is not a one time deal with God. We don’t get saved one time at the point we accept Christ as our Savior, and that’s it. No, the Lord brings salvation whenever we need it! In Hebrew the word for salvation is “Yeshuwah,” and it’s from this word we get the name Jesus! Jesus is with me every day - every minute, and He brings salvation for me. That day I committed to believing that all I have to do is stand still to see His salvation.
The next day, I considered skipping the women’s prayer and accountability group that I had been a part of for many years. I was physically and emotionally spent, but my husband encouraged me to go, so I did. What I did not know was that my friend Tammy had arranged for me to have a “birthday party.” She said that the Lord told her that it would be a new beginning for me. She painted me a beautiful painting with a rainbow background and cross in the foreground with vines growing up it. She explained that the rainbow represented the beauty of His promise, that the cross was vow to save me, and that the vines represented the new growth that I would experience through the struggle. She did not know that I was claiming the promise of His salvation - salvation through Yeshua and what He did for me on the cross of Calvary!
A short time later, another friend, Laura, gave me another beautiful painting. This was a water color rainbow background with Jeremiah 29:11,
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord...”
The Lord in His faithfulness was making it abundantly clear to me that His plans for me were for my salvation, if I would only stand still and allow Him to do it!
And for six years, He has been saving me. Every day. Every moment. And I am so grateful.