Joshua 1:9 – God is With You – Cancer Survival – Baseball Cards and Memories

Joshua 1 9 God is with youWe all face things in our lives that seem to take us to task. I have always heard that no matter how bad you think things are there is always someone who has it worse. I had a conversation with one of those people last week.

His name is Patrick. He is a dear friend of mine and I care for him very much. He is one of those guys that you admire for his character and outlook on life. I knew that times had been hard for him lately as his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We have had many conversations about his situation, but this was the first time that we had talked in length and in detail.

He told me that he had almost had an accident driving home from work because he fell asleep at the wheel. He shared that he is up half the night with his wife holding her hair back from her face and dabbing her skin with cool water as she is overcome with illness from the chemotherapy treatments.

During the last nine months he has lost everything. Patrick has spent much of his life collecting sports memorabilia – signed sports jerseys, collectible baseball cards such as Mickey Mantle, but sadly they all went the way of the pawn shop to pay for medical treatment. Tragedy never strikes when we are prepared for it. It always seems to seek us out when we are the most vulnerable. For Patrick it came when he was in between jobs and without health care.

As he struggled to pay for the day-to-day expenses of his family, the medical bills were overwhelming. He was unable to meet the monthly expenses for rent and friends from his High School held a fund-raiser to raise money to help keep a roof over his head. A medical facility offered their oncology services for free if he could pay for the medicine. With a smile on his face, Patrick expressed to me that every time that it seemed that there was no way out, God has provided a way.

You would think that in losing everything, he would have a beaten, demoralized attitude, but nothing could be further from the truth. Patrick shared with me that the struggle that he has just endured is the best thing that could have happened to him. Being humbled by the circumstances of his wife’s cancer has given his life new meaning. He now looks at life with a new outlook that has widened his horizons and given him hope for a bright and glorious future. In the real world where your wife’s life has been spared, sports jerseys and baseball cards have little, if any value.

God shares with us in His word in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that no test or trial that comes our way is worse than anything anyone else has to face or endure. We are to be reminded that God will never let us down; he will never let us be pushed past our limits, or put more on us than we can bear. God will always be there to help us make it through.

So like Patrick, if you are facing tragedy in your life, first remember that you are not alone. Christ knows what it is to be burdened and afraid, He understands what you are going through. God will be your source of comfort and will provide a way for you to make it through whatever you are facing.

When the dust settles and we have overcome and worked past the trials in our life we will look back and understand that many times they happen for a reason. As Patrick shared with me, he is happy and thankful that his wife is still here and they are enjoying life, taking nothing for granted, and collecting memories instead of baseball cards.

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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46 replies

  1. Wow, what a story. God bless Patrick and his dear wife. Well said Darrell…thank you.

  2. Reblogged this on Inspirational Christian Blogs and commented:
    A great reminder of how things really are…

  3. Very lovely story and so encouraging>please check out my blog

  4. Praise the Lord. Your encouragement plugs that hole in me. Thanks

  5. This really puts things in perspective when you see what someone else is going through. Thank you for sharing your friend Patrick’s story.

  6. People who walk through the fire and emerge with faces aglow can change the world. When an unbelieving world sees us endure the unthinkable and come through with renewed strength and faith, they are intrigued. There’s no greater witness than that. Beautiful and encouraging post, Darrell!

  7. I’m not in Patrick’s position, but since my mother has been diagnosed with cancer I sort of know what losing everything means. Seems like you kinda lose your freedom, which you find you kind of take for granted, in order to care for the one you love. But I never really complain about it, since it does keep me out of trouble.

  8. “… collecting memories instead of baseball cards.” That last line says it all. Thanks for a very inspirational post and for putting things in perspective for me. Praying for Patrick and his wife.

    • Thank for sharing Gail. I read your post about your husbands kidney stone at and I too passed a stone about 13 years ago, the pain was the most intense that I have experienced in my life. The picture of his stone looks like a boulder – wow – 🙂 Thanks for the prayers and for stopping by – In Christ -Darrell

      • Thanks for visiting and reading the post Darrell. Actually, the photograph wasn’t a picture of his stone, but was was from wikipedia. His stone was about the size of…. well, a mouse dropping. Sorry, but that’s what it looked like! It was black too. It’s amazing how something so tiny can be so painful. The CT scan showed it was 2 mm x 3 mm. The very first stone he passed was that small too. It was funny because after he passed it, one of the nurses he works with kidded him, telling him he was just a weenie and needed to toughen up, as she had had pebbles in her shoe bigger than that! Ha! She gave him a good laugh! 🙂

      • 🙂 Stones are painful stuff – Darrell

  9. Praise God! He is so good.
    This post brought tears to my eyes. I prayed for this family and was encouraged by his testimony of God’s abundant provision.

    God bless.

  10. Thanks for sharing this story.

  11. I recently watched on Singapore TV that cancer is No.1 killer in Singapore, 1 in 4 Singaporeans die of cancer, 14 people die from cancer every day, 28 people are diagnosed of canccer every day. I was struck with the fact that they all need to die in hope and in the Lord. What a mission we have.

    I shared with my Experiencing God chat group how a lady joined us in prayer on a recent Sunday morning – she had come from Sabah, Malaysia with a copy of my Pastor Richard’s printed testimony of how the Lord healed him from cancer and her faith had been ignited to come to pray for her brother who lay in a coma in a Singapore hospital.

    There is a need to give hope to people who are diagnosed with cancer – and we need a tool for introduction. Pastor’s printed testimony had all been given away and only a copy in the church library remains. It my personal project to re-print an updated version of his testimony and arrange for e-book availability. How people need hope in the face of cancer and other fearsome diseases.

    Thank you for sharing your testimony – may I share it with my “followers” on Sunday 9 February, 2014?

    Thank you and God bless.

  12. What an awesome testimony. I pray God will continue to use them both for His glory, and of course, for God’s healing ~ however He sees fit. thanks, Darrell

  13. Lovely testimony! A friend of mine posted this on FB today: “Sometimes when tragedies happen to righteous people it’s not because God has forsaken them, it’s because God has boasted about them and the devil wants to test the truth of Gods boast. This is the exact story of Job.”

    Your friend is truly a man of faith!

  14. Just beautiful! Thank you.

  15. I like stories where people get the lesson in time and they are better off… thanks
    ~ Eric

  16. Awesome testimony!! Praise God. It is in our periods of brokenness that we find what is truly important and God reveals to us that He is our Provider and our Source of all good things. Thanks for sharing


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