I’m planting you…not burying you!

Planting

As we start a new month it suddenly struck me that we are in March already!! Wow, where has the time gone? Can you believe it’s been over two months since Christmas!

In many ways I feel like I’ve been counting down time for the past 8 months as The Lovely Mr B and I have steadfastly walked through his cancer treatment. As I said in my last post we are in uncharted waters at the moment as we don’t know when the side effects of the treatment will stop.

However, today I realised that we have the PET scan coming up next week where they will inject radioactive sugar into his body and then put him in an amazing piece of equipment to see what has happened to the cancer. We are fully believing for a full healing, and we will get the results the week after.

I am going with him to collect the results and meet with the team who have cared for him during the last 8 months. We have booked a theatre trip for the day after, in advance of the news to celebrate, confident in our God who had brought us through to this point.

We have held fast to the word over him that God was going to look after his physical body and have reminded God about that over the last months and days. It would still be easy to get nervous in the next few days, but I refuse to take my eyes off the proverbial prize, for even a minute, to let any doubt creep in. I am fully trusting my God and full of faith for a clean bill of health.

I am also reminded of the pictures God has given me during this season and they are all pictures of success and defeating cancer (kicking its proverbial ass).

So, back to the fact it’s the beginning of March and this is when treatment and success is being measured. It seems fitting and I guess it’s God’s timing that this is the season of Spring and it’s synonymous with new life and growth. The irony of this is not lost on me, and I feel that this is exactly what is going to happen.

I felt God remind me of a phrase I have seen somewhere at some point, about him planting us, not burying us.

Where at times it has felt like we have been buried under a daily onslaught of all that you can imagine that a life-threatening illness brings, the fact is that God has never seen it like that.

He has actually used this season to plant us firmly into the miracle grow soil of His love, mercy, grace, provision, faith, wisdom, strength and endurance that has penetrated deep into our roots. This season has been our hardest to date and one that I wouldn’t want to repeat, but when I see it through God’s eyes it’s beginning to look a lot different.

The hours and hours I have spent praying, worshiping, bible journaling and pressing in to God have been the sweetest of my Christian life to date. I have come to know Papa like never before and He has sustained me and given me my daily bread, on days where I thought I couldn’t go on. Suddenly, I see a precious season that has radically changed me and my walk with God.

So, as we have been planted this is truly the beginning of our Spring and we will start to grow strong and healthy like never before, and God is going to be able to partner with us in ways He could never have done before. We are the recipients of an amazing testimony of His mercy and grace that we want to share. Through the Winter season He has built into us treasures that we haven’t even unearthed yet, which is really exciting.

My word of the year this year is-Advance and I love that God gave me this word because it feels like it’s time to advance after taking cover and feeling bound up. To advance is to move forward in a purposeful way, move out, take ground and thrive. Just like Paul who was in chains (obviously I’ve not been in actual prison, although I do know a good lawyer ūüėČ but it has felt a bit like being in a prison at times, trapped in the circumstances of an illness you can’t control.

Phil 1:12-14 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

But, the cool thing is that through this process nothing at all is wasted as God knew already that we would go public with this as we both wanted to take the fear out of the word cancer. We decided straight away that we would never back down to it or let fear get in. So, I have written about it and this has been a source of advancing the kingdom for me and telling of our great God wherever I can and whenever I can with boldness.

I have seen God move through me more during this season than at any other time in my life as a Christian and this takes my breath away. On the days when I have had nothing to bring to the table as it were, I have asked Him to use me and have made myself available to Him with what little I had. God really does use us even in our human weaknesses and this just gives Him the opportunity to glorify Himself even more. When we have nothing He can really do something extraordinary with us.

2 Cor 12:9¬†But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

So, as I look ahead into March I am increasingly seeing it through the Father’s eyes and instead of thinking, when is this going to end? I am going to look for green shoots pressing through that miracle growing soil. The shoots that show that there has been life all along below the surface, and during the winter season the roots have been getting all strong and healthy and full of nutrients that have sustained it and now the energy is being pushed out into fresh new shoots. I’m not sure what the flowers will look like yet, but I do know they will be beautiful blooms that will bring the Father great pleasure as He looks on.

They will draw people to them as they take in the colour, design and fragrance they emit, the fragrance of Christ. Pollinators will come and draw from them and spread the pollen around, far and wide. There is going to be an absolute riot of colour and joy!

Marching

As I was writing this I was enjoying some precious worship music and I am loving this track at the moment called Garments by Cory Asbury.  The lyrics are spot on.

And I saw my ashes, but you saw your dream
And I saw an orphan, you were my family
And I saw my frailty, but you saw your might
And I saw my blindness, but you were the light
You give me garments of praise, fullness of joy
Unending mercy, new every morning
Garments of praise, fullness of joy
Unending mercy, new every morning
And I saw the water, but you saw the wine
And I saw dead branches, but you were the vine
And I saw my weakness, but you saw your blood
And I saw my failure, but you were enough
You give me garments of praise, fullness of joy
Unending mercy, new every morning
Garments of praise, fullness of joy
Unending mercy, new every morning
‘Cause I was lost, ’til you called me out by name
And I was down, ’til you picked me up again
And I was wrong, ’til your love it made me right
I was dead, ’til you sang me back to life
And I was lost, ’til you called me out by name, Father
I was down, ’til you picked me up again
I was wrong, ’til your love it made me right
I was dead, ’til you sang me back to life
You give me garments of praise, fullness of joy
Unending mercy, new every morning

Garments of praise, fullness of joy
Unending mercy, new every morning

How are you viewing the season you are in?

If this is where you are at the moment, I encourage you to take heart and press into God. He really is in the waiting. The gardener is never far from what He has planted and is watching over His seeds all the time with great interest and concern. Why would He plant us if He was then going to sit back and ignore us? A good gardener always maintains the seeds He has planted in anticipation of them breaking through the soil and coming into full bloom and bearing all the fruit they are capable of. God is the ultimate gardener!

When we start to see things from a heavenly viewpoint, it really does put everything we go through into perspective. It’s time to start seeing our circumstances in a different light, through the Father’s eyes. I’m not saying that’s easy at all or being flippant about it. That is why God sent His precious Holy Spirit knowing that we need His power in us to help us do that, on a daily basis, and sometimes on a minute by minute basis, to live a life that glorifies God, even during a winter season.

Zech 4:6¬†So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

 The Continuing Journey

Mountain Top Moments (where you least expect them)

Count your Blessings

It’s not Fair

Trust In Me, Just In Me

My Dad’s Bigger than Yours

Fresh Starts

It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint

Living in Uncharted Waters

I’m planting you…not burying you


2 thoughts on “I’m planting you…not burying you!

  1. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing your journey like this, so beautiful to read, it blesses me in my situation!
    I found your blog as I researched to launch my new collection. I have a gift shop that was born from the desire to provide people with gift items for others going through a difficult time or a milestone in their lives. They are gifts of love and encouragement. I am now working on a line of leggings with encouraging messages and one of them says “bloom where you are planted” I would love to send you one of these to help encourage you through this time and reinforce the truths God is already working in your heart.They are super comfortable and the message is written on the inside of the legging only for you to know it’s there. Let me know and I would love to send it to you! My email is jessica@metaphoramarket.com and the link to the leggings is below:
    https://www.metaphoramarket.com/collections/leggings/products/bloom-where-planted-golden-bloom-leggings
    In Christ: -Jessica Sforza.

    1. Wow thank you for being so encouraging. I’m so glad you felt it speak to you.
      Your business sounds like a great idea and original too-well done. I pray for favour on it.
      Much love.
      Sarah xx

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