Martha Kate McJunkin: A Testimony
The summer after I graduated I was working for a family as a nanny, and one morning just noticed a lump in my throat. In surgery they did a pathology report and found out that it was, in fact, cancer. The next couple of months consisted of surgery and one round of radiation. Currently, the radiation is working in my body to fight the cancer cells that are left.
For me, the hardest part about going through cancer was watching the way that my family responded. It was difficult watching my loved ones struggle with processing that information and wondering what the Lord was about to do through this process of cancer.
It is easier for me to trust the Lord with my own body than it is for me to trust the Lord with the lives of those that I love, so the hardest part was watching them grieve and not being able to tell them what to expect or what was going to come of it, but just having to just trust the Lord.
For me, cancer was an opportunity to live out everything that I said I believed. I love Psalm 96:4. It says, “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods.” That verse really played a big role in giving me some peace in the fact that I worship a big God who is in control. He is worthy of my trust, He is worthy of my praise, and I am called to fear Him above all else.
From the very beginning, the Lord gave me this peace, and I had the opportunity to think through what is really true in life. During this time, I made a list of all the things I could depend on in the Lord.
One truth I came to deped on is found in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
I love this verse because it starts off saying “we do not lose heart,” even when our outer self is wasting away. Knowing there is something inside of me that is literally destroying my body from the inside out gave me a new perspective on sin and how sin is something that is inside of us, destroying us from the inside out. However, Scripture says to focus on the things that are unseen and cling to what is true when the floor is taken out from underneath you, falling back on the truths of God’s word. All the basics of your faith come to life at that point. What are the basics? What do we know? God is good, He loves me, He has a plan for me, I can trust Him… those things, and then the gospel, the reality of “I am a child of God, He has chosen me”… those things are what carried me through that season.”
Martha Kate McJunkin is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a member of the Kanakuk Institute Class of 2016.