EPIPHANY TESTIMONY: LARRY BOST
CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER, GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
I always look forward to the Epiphany season when community groups have a time of personal testimonies. Sharing how Christ is meeting you in your spiritual journey; an opportunity to share the reason for the hope that is within you.
It seems that my spiritual growth only occurs during crises, when my faith gets challenged and I discover who or what I really trust. This has never been more evident for me, than in the last 10 months.
After many months of trying to treat severe joint and muscle pain through traditional therapy , I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood that attacks the bone and marrow. With the latest technologies it is a treatable disease that as yet has no cure but it can be managed successfully. Tests showed that 62% of my marrow had been affected, a stage three condition.
It needs to be said that over the last several months God has let me taste the depths of despair, fear, pain, and depression. It has been a humbling experience, one that I am grateful for because now I understand better the battles so many fight on a regular basis.
But the real story behind this circumstance is how God met me and is moving in my life as we walk this new path. It is always revealing to discover your immediate default reaction to a crisis- the first default reaction before you can even absorb all the facts of the crisis. My reaction was anchored to a few “random” truths:
I knew that my God , our God, loves me infinitely more than I can even imagine
My God is sovereign – nothing in the entire universe happens unless He ordains it to happen.
My God numbered all the days of my life before there was even one of them! And cancer will not add or subtract even one day from that which He ordains.
I trust that he speaks to me through His Holy Spirit, through the written word, through my circumstances, prayer, and through the believer. This is where my church continues to play a critical role. The prayer support and encouragement that Lynne and I continue to receive form our Redeemer brothers and sisters are precious beyond words. You have loved us well and we are eternally grateful. We have never coveted your prayers more.
With these truths imbedded in our hearts, how can we lose??
This is the God I trust. I trust him more than I trust myself, more than I trust my wife, my diagnosis, or the wonderful doctors and nurses that are caring for me. His hand remains upon us in ways too numerous to share in this blog. I wish there was more time to share the countless ways we have been blessed since the start of this journey. He continues to provide for us spiritually, emotionally and physically.
I want close my testimony with this passage, given to me by Ann Johnson. It so embodies what our church has done for us and in turn what we hope to do for others:
“….the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” II Cor 1:3-5