I’m very close to a family where the daughter became sick and was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. I love this little girl who was now sick and worried. My heart ached for this little girl and her father, mother and siblings.
I turned to God. I did everything I knew how to do, dedicated rosary prayers, fasting and pleading to the Lord. I asked God for a miracle. I pleaded with the Mother Mary to intercede, who herself had a child that was killed. Mary knows what it means to lose a child and I asked that she not let another mother experience this loss.
I felt at one point, during a tearful prayer, that Mary answered me, that she had already interceded. After all, it was amazing that we caught the tumor so early.
I was sure, the Lord had heard my prayer.
After a long hard few weeks of surgery, tests and scans, nothing more was found. The cancer diagnosis though is both rare and aggressive and has a 65% chance of returning with a vengeance. We were all scared.
One week later, we learned there was a mistake, the diagnosis had been wrong. The tumor was not malignant after all.
Wait, was that a miracle? God had answered my prayer. How quickly can we turn to the thought, well, it was all for nothing. How quickly can we dismiss the prayers, the sadness and turn to one of indignation at the treating physician.
When I was praying, I was never closer to God. When I sought Him, I felt comfort. When I heard the Mother telling me it would all be ok, I felt her love and compassion. When it was all over, I felt normal, not sad, not worried and I didn’t cry out to God day and night. The strife brought me closer to God during the battle.
God put this challenge before us, to bring us closer to God and it worked. God answered my prayers because He is loving and He granted this prayer. Was it all for not, no. I was reminded and strengthened when all else looked bleak, that it’s only Him that I desire and it’s only Him that can answer the call.
Not all cancer ends with a miracle but all challenges can bring us closer to God if you let it. One thing is for sure, without God, no miracles can occur. The universe is not a sentient being that grants things, only God can deliver.
Miracles are everywhere. He is always at work, He never rests and all things are possible.