Spared from melanoma but thinking what is to come

contemplating lifeWhen faced with the reality that life is ending before you think it should, everything stops, everything. You are forced to deal with so many issues. This week a very, very close friend tells me….”trying to focus on the fact that God spared me from melanoma, but can’t help but wonder what is to come…”
Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego were contemporaries of Daniel.  They served as advisors to King Nebuchadnezzar.  You remember the story, although they served the king well, they infuriated him they refused to bow down to the god he had crafted.  The king told them to bow down or be thrown into a blazing furnace.  All three of them chose the fire.  I loved their response as recorded by Daniel, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” ( Daniel 3: 16-18).
The three knew who God was, and they were confident of what God could do.  BUT, they didn’t know for sure if God would save them.  In spite of uncertainty, their course of action was the same.
I am sure that was one door they wished that God had closed rather than left open.  Humanly we often think, there must be a different way!  Maybe even ask “why me?” For them, the fire did not consume them.  God met them there.  And God will meet you. You see, they went to a place they could never go alone and live.  God took them on an adventure where not even a king dared journey.  They stepped out of the fire.  They were out of danger and now more dangerous than ever. God gets the glory.
The door we fear going through the most may be the very one where we will meet God most profoundly.

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