Game On

“…It’s not the resolution of circumstances, but the evolution of character, that God is after. And the worst circumstances often produce the best character…”
Mark Batterson

There’s nothing like a cancer diagnosis to bring life into clearer focus, like turning knobs on a binocular. It causes you to be grateful for what you do have, rather than be bitter for what you lack. Cancer brings things into perspective and pushes true priorities to rise to the top of your life, similar to clarified butter as it’s rendered through heat.

A few weeks ago I received the diagnosis of grade one endometrial cancer, which is the lining of the uterus. When I got into my car following the doctor appointment, through tears I began to thank God. Since then, I have found myself telling family and friends more frequently how much I love and value them, as well as taking things less for granted.

I told God, “Game on.” I have accepted this new challenge He’s allowed in my life through His sovereign hands. I prayed, “Lord, I give this to You and all the people I will come in contact with. May You, Jesus, spill over. I embrace this journey and am so grateful You are my traveling companion. Help me Holy Spirit, to fulfill all that You have for me in this next season.”

My wish is to pass this test and to honor God in all I say and do. I want Him to know I trust Him and hope He will be glorified through my obedient submission. I long to look more like my heavenly Daddy, and have His character rub off on me as I press myself close to Him and lean on His strength. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” (Romans 8:28-29)

One friend encouraged me with her words that I was “charting new waters and as I step into this uncharted territory, God is already walking before me, leading me on this journey. Let His words be the anchor in your heart that brings you peace and strength.” In addition to her words, God promised me this season “will be a time of heightened awareness to His voice, that even the faintest whispers will be heard loudly within my heart.” I’m excited at the possibility of my intimacy with God deepening as a result of this journey.

Oswald Chamber’s once said, “Let God engineer.” In other words, we need to allow God to plan, build, or manage our lives and in so doing to relinquish control over to Him. Brian Johnson, at Bethel Church, recently shared in a service to “Consider it a gift when God is your only option.” God is my only option for healing. He may choose to heal me through the laying on of prayerful hands or on June 6, through the hands of my oncology surgeon as he performs a hysterectomy. Whatever happens is in God’s hands. Let the games begin.


“Adversity gives you the opportunity to exhibit godly character.”
Jim George

Relevant Reflections:
1. Describe an experience when adversity brought about more godliness.
2. In what situation do you need to tell God, “Game on,” and let Him engineer?
3. When has God been your only option and how did it turn out?

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14 Responses to Game On

  1. healing and peace to you in Jesus’ name!

  2. Jen Pheobus says:

    Hugs, sweet friend! May God hold you close and give you strength as you bring Him glory, even in this. You’re an inspiration!

  3. cjs1658 says:

    Norma, I love and admire your ability to verbalized these truths. Your words are admonition, affirmation and grace all at once. When Joe was full-time jobless for 1.5 years, and we had another jobless family living with us, I went through the test you speak of. It was not my best class performance, and I almost failed. But God used the Body of Christ to extend hope, sustenance, Grace and love to us. I suddenly found myself believing pretty much only because others believed. Disappointing for someone who has desired the “gift of faith”. However, I am grateful He works in our lives to conform us into His amazing nature and beautiful image. Thank you for sharing your new adventure. He is most certainly working in and through you for His good pleasure! I love you Sister!

  4. Carolyn F Tobias says:

    Norma, this reveals your heart, brings God glory and shows us several ways to pray for you and your family.😘❤️🙏😊 Love you so much!


  5. Maralyn Phillips says:

    You really are amazing; and you serve an awesome and amazing God! I am praying for you; that as you enter this newest “Godventure” in your walk with Him that He continues to keep you in His peace that passes all understanding, and to enfold you in His arms of love: a faithful God to His faith-filled daughter. Blessings, ❤️, & hugs, Maralyn

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Beth McGrath says:

    Norma. I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis.I love your heart and how you are responding in and through it. It really speaks to me and I m sure many others! Thank you for being transparent, bold, humble and a woman chasing after our big God. The questions you posed have stirred and challenged my heart..thank you. Praying for you…with care and love. Beth

  7. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful article Mrs Donovan. I’ll be praying for you.

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