The Right and Wrong Questions to Ask When You Get Cancer
Kate Sunday—the wife of my pastor and fellow-elder David Sunday—was recently diagnosed with advanced thymoma. She is 40 years old, and they have three children in the home.
Walking alongside them through this has been both painful and encouraging. Painful to see our dear sister suffering and to see the effects of the Fall in her life—encouraging to see their unwavering confidence in God’s goodness and the truth and beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
On her Caring Bridge site the other day (quoted with permission), she wrote something that’s crucial to remember in times like this:
David has been leading me in this journey. When we first entered the hospital on Jan. 29th and began learning that there was a strong suspicion that I have cancer, a great fear sought to grip our hearts. Right away David began speaking to me and reminding me of God’s goodness. He challenged me to stay away from the “why” questions.
Why when my children are still so young? . . .
He reminded me that those questions may not ever be answered on this side of eternity, and will lead me to confusion, despair, and bitterness against God. I am so grateful that David is a strong and compassionate leader.
Instead, he challenged me to focus in on the “who, what, and how” of the situation.
Who are you, Lord?
What do you want to teach us about Yourself?
And, how do you want to use us for Your glory?
Please pray for the Sundays, that God would continue to keep them faithful and that God would heal Kate from this cancer.