A Journey Toward Perfect Trust
So, what is faith? The bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb.11:1). The substance of things hoped for. When my children were young, they attended a daycare while I was at work. Their teacher was a young 21-year old woman who had just graduated from college and had recently married. She and her husband had only been married six months when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. This was devastating to this young couple who thought they had their whole lives before them. They were looking forward to having children, building a home and growing old together. This young couple believed in God and the redeeming work of Jesus, His Son. The husband’s father was a Pastor who lived in our neighborhood and the couple lived with them.
When we learned of the young man’s illness we had compassion on him and his wife. We began to pray that God would heal him and give them a blessed life in Him. We exercised our faith through the “substance of things hoped for”. As the days wore on, the young man’s health began to deteriorate. We prayed harder and longer. As time went on, he had to take weekly trips to the hospital which was about 75 miles away. His father would drive him in their old compact car in the heat with no air conditioning. This must have been very uncomfortable for the young man and I’m sure he did not look forward to these weekly trips. My husband and I had just bought a brand new car with all the bells and whistles. We were impressed upon to lend this car to the young man’s father each week for the trip to the hospital–all the while praying and beseeching God regarding our hope for his healing.
Even though this young man was suffering physically, his attitude was one of joy and concern for others. He always had a joke to tell or a kind and gentle word to try to lift the spirit of others not showing concern for his own condition. The more we prayed for him, the more our hearts were changed.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God MUST believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.” Armed with this scripture, we fully expected this young man to be healed. But he wasn’t healed. He died. We were devastated. We questioned God wanting to know what we had done wrong. Why wasn’t he healed. Did we not have enough faith? Did God not hear our prayers? All the while overlooking how God had used this young man to heal us! We attended his funeral “celebration” and what a celebration it was. I have never been to a funeral where there was so much joy and laughter and singing and praise. This young man’s life was a testimony to all who had the opportunity to share in it, even in a very small way.
Once again, a lesson learned. God is God. He knows the beginning from the end. We see through a glass darkly and the image we see is not what God sees. I’m traveling on my journey to “Perfect Trust”.
To Be Continued……