Yes, there will always be troubles for us. It may be cancer or the stock market, or loss of a job, but the only certainty comes from knowing that this life isn't ever going to be close to perfect.
So it's not about the ability to avoid problems, because we can't, it's how we face uncertainty and solve the problems that come along in life. We can't even be sure we will recognize the problems on the horizon. We may worry needlessly, or we may never see the silent unseen problem until it's too late.
So as we move past the two year mark since diagnosis, we are only certain that cancer isn't obvious right now. It may be there, silently doing its worst, or it many never be a part of our life again. We just don't know.
So we choose to have faith in God's plan for us and give him praise for promising that this life isn't all there is and we look forward to an eternity without sickness or fear.
Our lives are close to what they were before cancer, with a doctor's visit once in a while and the physical reminders. But we know so many people that are going through what we experienced just a year or so ago. Sara Schuster is a local high school girl with squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx. Lori Niemeyer with breast cancer, just now facing chemo. A friend with leukemia, and more.
There are those in harms way, or soon to be. Perhaps our nephew Kevin in Afghanistan, Chad Davis in the Marines, and our son-in-law going to Korea.
So all we know for sure is we have faith in God. We see him in every flower, all the beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and in the smile of every little girl and boy. We see God touching people to comfort them and heal them. God knows our every hurt and fear. He knows us even better than we know ourselves, and if we have doubts, he understands.
We believe in love, electricity and the gentle breeze that makes the trees sway. So too, we have faith in the unseen merciful God.