Every once in awhile you run across something that is so good that you just have to share it. I have been reading Torn by Jud Wilhite the past couple of days. The whole theme of trust has been running rings inside my brain (and yes there is a lot of room for it to do so) and after reading a section of Jud’s book I wanted to share it with you. Hope you don’t mind.
Tony Snow was a cable news anchor (FOX) and former press secretary for President “W.” He was diagnosed with colon cancer. He shared about moving past the why questions in faith.
“We shouldn’t spend too much time trying to answer the why questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can’t someone else get sick? We can’t answer such things, and the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer.
I don’t know why I have cancer, and I don’t much care. It is what it is-a plain and indisputable fact…Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies just give out.
But despite this-because of it-God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don’t know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how we use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face.” (p.70-71)
Though we all desire a trouble-free life, Tony reminds us that sometimes “God likes to go off-road.” Trusting God when He decides to go “off-road” is the tough time. That is when the enemy will tempt us to think that God is powerless or loveless. He will try to convince us with false evidence that God has abandoned us. I was reminded of that this morning when I read Psalm 100 while working on a Thanksgiving sermon. “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Knowing the love and care the shepherd gave his sheep was a reassuring point for me, since it is talking about God’s shepherding of me. Just as the sheep totally relied on (read: trusted) the shepherd, I need to do the same…NO MATTER WHAT!! (The noise you are hearing is the sound of my head against the wall because I do forget that so easily).
You may or may not want to comment. Feel free to do so if so inclined. I just feel someone needed to hear this today (besides me).