I sometimes wear this t-shirt that has the word Survivor written across the front and underneath this word, in much smaller font, the words “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13” I’ve had the shirt for several years now. I won it during an online blogging contest and a blogging friend shipped it to me. Because of how this word has become a word we often see surrounding those who have heroically battled cancer, whenever I wear it, I often wonder if strangers who see it will assume it’s referring to cancer. Even though I’ve watched many loved ones fight this fight, I’ve personally never stood on that battlefield
Each time I take this Survivor shirt out of my dresser drawer and put it on, a particular verse from Psalm 118 sweeps across my mind. And whenever it does, the gates to Thanksgiving swing wide again.
“I will not die, but I will live
and proclaim what the Lord has done.” (vs 17)
Here’s the verse in context:
“There are shouts of joy and victory
in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!
The Lord’s right hand is raised.
The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!”
I will not die, but I will live
and proclaim what the Lord has done.
The Lord disciplined me severely
but did not give me over to death.
Open the gates of righteousness for me;
I will enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous will enter through it.
I will give thanks to You
because You have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This came from the Lord;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
This survivor shouts for joy. This survivor remembers the One who gave her the strength to fight. This survivor remembers the moment a big God crushed the Enemy and handed her the shield of victory. (Ps 18:35) This survivor remembers it’s all grace. This survivor will not die, but will live and proclaim what the Lord has done.