A quick google of today’s title finds it defined as a proverb; not a quote from the Bible – you gotta love a phrase that has its own wiki 🙂 It may be based on the oft-repeated phrase, “And it came to pass,” first used in Genesis chapter four and depending on your source and version, anywhere from 120 to 630 times in the Old and/or New Testament. One of my favorite authors, Barbara Johnson, no longer with us, used to say that it’s important to note that the Bible never said, “And it came to stay.” And like many of us, Barbara knew of what she spoke!
Does it help? Well, those who know me know that I believe words matter; when it comes to unpleasantness, discomfort, pain – physical or emotional – you have a choice – dwell or pass through it. Personally, unless it comes covered in milk chocolate, I believe in letting it pass or passing through it. And while we’re at it, let’s look quickly at the word dwell, a favorite. It sounds so much nicer to suggest that someone not dwell in or “stay focused” on their perceived misery, than to suggest that they’re wallowing 🙂 I’ve come a long way from the days of being famous for saying something like, “Oh for Pete’s sake, buck up, buddy!” Now I strive to be nicer, so I use gentler words like dwell.
But when it came down to it, when the walk met the talk, it really was a matter of speaking the result. I spoke healing and more healing, to myself, my daughters, my extended family. Fear was not an option, not ever, not allowed and it truly comes down to that. Cancer, two brain surgeries, chemo, radiation, all came to pass. Did not come to stay, but came to pass!!
As we move toward Easter 2010, four years from that fateful day of brain tumor discovery, it came to pass and pass it did, an event in my history that has been handled by my Father in heaven. And I encourage you, no matter what the situation or challenge you face, it, too, shall pass. And that can be a most comforting place to dwell as you go through the passing of your challenge. Be encouraged and be blessed!!