God definitely carried me through one of the most challenging years of my life.
I had grown up in the church and gone to church camp every summer, so I had heard many testimonies of how the Lord used different situations and trials in people’s lives to make them who they were today. I prayed that the Lord would give me a story—and little did I know what he would do in response to that prayer!
I had finished my first semester in college and gone home for Christmas break. I went to the dermatologist for an infection on my face and mentioned that I had a mole on my foot. And it was a good thing I mentioned that mole: two weeks later I got the call that I had stage-four malignant melanoma. The cancer became more real when I had to find a surgeon, a plastic surgeon, and an oncologist in just one week. Then after two surgeries, I not only had to learn how to walk again, but then I began a year of chemo.
As I write this, I am almost seven years cancer-free! It is amazing to look back and praise the Lord for healing me. My scars remind me every day of that painful time, but I choose to embrace what he’s done because I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t faced that disease. My scars also remind me of his scars and what he sacrificed so that we would have life and have it to the fullest!
From Thomas Nelson’s God Will Carry You Through  [Max Lucado] Learn more at http://www.thomasnelson.com/god-will-carry-you-through.