As aging has a diminishing effect on almost every part of my life (moving me from weary to wearier) and limiting the things I do. (Like avoiding long distance driving at night.)
I've endured more than a dozen surgeries. I've had three organs removed. (One of them my prostate, and a new one put in. (A penile implant.)
I find this devotional provides me with a different perspective. It's wonderful and reassuring to know that I'm also moving from "strength to strength." God's Word often changes our perspective for the better. Case and point here:
They go from strength to strength.
.........That is, they grow stronger and stronger. Usually, if we are walking, we go from strength to weakness; we start fresh and in good order for our journey, but by-and-by the road is rough, and the sun is hot, we sit down by the wayside, and then again painfully pursue our weary way.
But the Christian pilgrim having obtained fresh supplies of grace, is as vigorous after years of toilsome travel and struggle as when he first set out.
He may not be quite so elate and buoyant, nor perhaps quite so hot and hasty in his zeal as he once was, but he is much stronger in all that constitutes real power, and travels, if more slowly, far more surely.
Some gray-haired veterans have been as firm in their grasp of truth, and as zealous in diffusing it, as they were in their younger days; but, alas, it must be confessed it is often otherwise, for the love of many waxes cold and iniquity abounds, but this is their own sin and not the fault of the promise which still holds good:
"The youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." Fretful spirits sit down and trouble themselves about the future.
"Alas!" say they, "we go from affliction to affliction." Very true, O thou of little faith, but then thou goest from strength to strength also.
Thou shalt never find a bundle of affliction which has not bound up in the midst of it sufficient grace. God will give the strength of ripe manhood with the burden allotted to full-grown shoulders.
-Charles Spurgeon -
How has your faith made a difference in way you live your life as a cancer survivor? Paradoxically as I move from "weary to wearier" I'm also moving from "strength to strength."