February! The month of hearts, flowers, cupid, and love.
It’s truly a significant month. Many prominent people have birthdays in February, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald, Reagan…and me. 🙂
Yes, another year older, but as it is said, “It’s better than the alternative.”
Fourteen years ago at this very time, my husband was dealing with a sick heart that had manifested itself on a preaching trip to Mexico.
Tests were being done, then hospitalization. These were new to our lives as good health had always been my husband’s lot.
So of course we had no premonition that in just a few days, marked on God’s calendar, was the day of Bro. Hyles’ death.
February 6, 2001 is indelibly engraved on my spirit.
Still in the month of February, funeral plans were made. Many decisions had to be thought out and thousands of precious people helped our family as we traveled that valley.
Seven years ago in February, after a routine mammogram, I got that call, “We need to do further testing.”
Following came the words, “You have stage one cancer.”
Beginning immediately, several procedures were done, many doctor visits, then six weeks of radiation ending in May. To say I was occupied with health concerns for many weeks is an understatement.
But this February, as far as I know, I am “cancer free.” Many of you know how much it means to be seven years down the road from that “c” word.
There are those of you who don’t feel as I do about February, but there is a dread in your life.
Maybe its finances or your own poor health or family problems, uncertain future.
Let me share the words of a gospel song I heard recently that I keep humming under my breath constantly.
“Don’t fear tomorrow
God is already there.
He’s waiting to guide you
Your burden to share.”
If you don’t know it, make up your own tune and sing, sing, sing. Somehow singing and dread can’t occupy the same space.