We Can’t Go Over It, We Can’t Go Under It…
(By Rhona Bruce)
At the end of last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer so that came as a bit of a shock! The following Sunday I went to church and Elsa’s talk spoke really clearly to me.
She read the well-known children’s story “We’re going on a Bear Hunt.” This was a story I had told many times as a school teacher but when Elsa read it I felt she was speaking directly to me.
In the story there is a phrase that the family repeat when they are faced with an obstacle or problem – that phrase is:
‘We can’t go over it.
We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go through it.’
I had to get through this problem, too, but Elsa words filled me with peace. I had an operation at the end of January then radiotherapy treatment in April. Friends had organised a rota to drive me to Colchester but then lockdown came so I had to drive myself. It was a real blessing to drive on quiet roads in beautiful Spring sunshine and living alone it was good to see the hospital staff. This treatment turned into an enjoyable daily outing.
As this year has progressed our lives have been restricted and families have had to cope with many challenges but as the story says ‘We’ve got to go through it. We’re not scared!’ When we get worried, we can remember God’s words in Isaiah 41:10:
So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
As we begin a second lockdown and with church closed again Paul continues to do a wonderful job to keep us connected through Zoom meetings. This time last year I didn’t know what a Zoom meeting was!! This has been a positive way of keeping in touch.
At the beginning of this lockdown the song that keeps coming to mind is ‘Be bold, be strong for the Lord your God is with you’.
As the story says, ‘We’ve got to go through it.’ With God in control we will get through it.