Chased by Grace
You received some awful theology on suffering when you were going through cancer. How do you define suffering now?
When Christians would tell me, "Your cancer is a gift," I would say, "I don't think it's a gift. I think it's part of the curse and it's straight out of hell." Anyone who has had cancer will tell you that. It's awful. We tend to airbrush the Bible and throw Romans 8:28 on everything like a Band-Aid. But people who struggle in the Bible go through horrible things, both from sin and the consequences of others' sin. God works all things for our good and his glory, but that doesn't mean things feel good. It's a long and exhausting process.
That is why it was important to include my story in the book. Redemption doesn't mean anything unless you know the brokenness that got redeemed. If people want to display diamonds, they don't put them on white. They put them on black because of the contrast. When we're honest about our struggles and our pain, we are offering the black velvet backdrop. Only against that backdrop can God's grace—these beautiful, sparkling diamonds—really shine.
What should people expect to take away from your book?
I hope that people don't engage in the book and think, Oh, that's someone else's story and that's great. Good for her. Good for them. I hope that people break through their bubbles, go knock on their neighbor's doors, and have their eyes opened. I hope people will prayerfully consider how they can see and love invisible people. If each of us loved our neighbor, then we could all tell a story of the invisibles.