A slice of Joel Emmanuel's life.
Perhaps one of the most feared word today is Cancer. We might have or might have encountered family or friends who battle cancer. Young or old, no matter where you are from, it has no respect for persons.
For a person who receives a cancer diagnosis, saying the words “I have Cancer” is very hard at first to say. Harder still are the feelings that come along with it since the doctor told me that I can only live for about 6 months. When I was diagnosed with cancer on my left knee, my first reaction was fear. That fear gave me multitude of questions and concerns. What do I need to do? What do I need to do to fight it? How about my family? Can they handle the pain that I feel? Random questions populated my mind.
But all those negative emotions and fear vanished when the Lord hugged me and told me that I should not be afraid. From then on, my faith grew bigger and bigger that I returned to my joyful side. That faith made me an inspiration to my family and friends and even to strangers even I am still on treatment when they hear my testimony. Through that faith, I became more positive on everything that I experience. Even though I experience pain, I always thank God for letting me experience the joy that I have received Him in my heart.
My experience on Cancer is an experience that I can relate in the story of David and Goliath. At first, cancer felt like a giant. It felt like I am David and that I am experiencing and battling against a modern day Goliath. Israel’s initial reaction of the enormous brute Goliath was fear. Same reaction from hearing the word cancer. Perhaps that is a normal reaction. Through their eyes, Goliath was too big to beat. However, little David looked at him through God’s eyes – the eyes of Faith. And through that, for David, Goliath was too big to miss.
Did you notice that in the battle between David and Goliath, David didn’t have much of anything to armor on? He was just a little David with a sling shot. Perhaps most of anyone would want all the armor and weapons that you can bring. But instead, David was clothed with Faith. David’s attitude was different. He knew that he had to exercise his faith. And because he relied fully on God’s perfect will and God’s abilities, he became victorious.
If you battle cancer, you may face a similar experience. There is a different feeling of Goliath in your body. Your efforts of facing this Goliath can be compared to a kid with a sling shot facing a giant. My faith has stretched like never before. Like David, I received an encouragement from the Lord. And I believed it and had faith in it. Through the Lord’s help, and with the support and help of my family and friends, I was able to defeat the Goliath inside me. Thanks to the mantle of love and protection of the Lord, and also, thanks for my SLING SHOT OF FAITH FROM GOD.