“It is God that girth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect,” (Psalm 18:32).
When I was going through chemo and radiation for breast cancer, I still preached, occasionally taught bible study, sang on the praise team, taught my women’s group, and brought my laptop to my chemo appointments so I could work during infusions.
People asked me how I was able to keep going. I contribute it solely to God. He strengthened me. He empowered me to do all the things He required of me.
You see, when I was about to start chemo, the Lord spoke very clearly to me and told me my journey would be different. He told me not to use my illness for attention, to keep the focus on Him and Him alone. Therefore, I didn’t tell a lot of people about my illness or what I was going through. I just lived a Christian lifestyle and kept moving.
Just as this verse says He, “…girdeth me with strength…,” He girded me as well. Gird here means “to encompass, equip, clothe,” (Strong’s H247) and that’s certainly what He did for me. Not only did He gird me but He made “…my way perfect.” This is beautiful because one of the definitions of “way” is JOURNEY and we often refer to a cancer diagnosis and its subsequent treatments as a journey. He made my journey perfect which Strong’s (H8549) defines as complete, whole, sound, and healthful.
Yes, He encompasses and encourages us. He sends His army of soldiers to our sides to hold up our arms when we’re growing weary.
As I pen these words, my heart remembers the love and compassion that God, my family, and church family showed me. I will always be grateful for the love God showed me through them. Be encouraged and rest knowing God will gird you with strength today.