• Billy Rae Stewart

My Unexpected Journey (Day 3)

Updated: Jun 4


(June 1, 2020)

One of the hardest parts of being diagnosed with cancer is the unknown. Will I survive, will God intervene or is He calling me home? If I don’t survive, how long do I have? What will I go through? How will this effect my finances and my family? And the list goes on. These are the questions that rush through your mind as you move from one day to the next. Problem is most of the answers are unknown, but maybe it is for the best.

No matter what the answers are, the best thing I can do is to keep busy. Sitting around crying over spilt milk is not going to improve my circumstances, it will only make them worse. It will also waste precious time. Whether I have a week or a miracle is just around the corner, I am on a mission to make every day count! And if I survive, which I am fully counting on, this has taught me that life is a precious gift and to waste it is a down right shame.

I must confess that I have not lived my life to my fullest potential, but that changes right now and you should do the same! The chorus to Josh Groban’s song ‘Granted’ puts it all into prospective.

If you have a dream, go chase it If you feel hope, don't waste it If you find love, embrace it And never take a single breath for granted The story's yours, go write it Tomorrow's undecided Our days are counted on this planet Never take a single breath Take a single breath for granted

Great advice from a great songwriter. My family and friends are an amazing support through all of this, but my faith in God is the foundation upon which I stand every day and without it I would be a basket case for sure. I can not even imagine what it must be like to go through this without God in your life. Funny thing is I have not always been a man of great faith until these past couple of years. I was saved many years ago when I was a young man, but like a lot of people drifted in and out of faith for years.

As the years went on I began to have the same questions that most have like if God is a God of love, why is there so much suffering? These questions began to wear down my faith even more until one day I felt led by God to seek Him.

God says in his word ‘seek me and you will find me’ and He was not kidding. So I began to dig deep and look for answers. My plan was to write a book titled ‘One Man’s Search For The Truth’ once I examined all of the available evidence I could find on the existence of God.

What I found changed my life and fortunatley a lot of it was just recently when I received a book from my son-in-law titled ‘I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.’ So today I can beyond a shadow of a doubt tell you that . . . IT IS ALL TRUE! If you are a person who is struggling with your faith and you need answers, I highly recommend the book I just mentioned written by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek.

That’s my sermon for today and I will leave you with a saying that was on the back of all of my father’s business cards –

If you meet me and you forget me

You have lost nothing

If you meet Jesus and you forget him

You have lost everything

I love all of you and so does God,

Billy

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