Remember? God reminded me last night.
My wife and I watched the movie Breakthrough last evening. Oh, what an awesome show. The movie is well done, and the message of faith, confidence, and trust in God is spot on and extremely relevant to all of us in these times. I have only one complaint—I cried through most of the movie. Way too many flashbacks to difficult struggles. Many of you know, but probably more don’t know that my oldest son was a twin. His twin sister died as a baby.
His mother and I spent several months sleeping at the hospital and traveling back and forth, trying to spend every spare moment with them both, holding their itty-bitty hands in our fingers and longing to pick them up and cradle them and give them love. We prayed and pleaded with God to heal them both. But only one was healed. I thank God every day for his healing.
Pain May Be Hidden
This show reminded me that the pain of such a loss may be hidden, but it never goes away. And if we are honest, it doesn’t get easier either. Why Can’t We Trust God? In the movie, John’s teacher asks him, “Why does God choose to save some people, but not others?” (or something to that effect) I think the real answer comes to us when we stop and remember that we are here to learn to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NKJV). In this life, we struggle with understanding, but we have comfort knowing that God is in charge, because God tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways…” (Isaiah 55:8, NKJV).
What did I learn over the years? Stop, Drop, and Pray, then wait for God. God tells us that he won’t allow temptations in our lives that we cannot handle, that he will always be by our side to support and guide us (1 Corinthians 10; Isaiah 40:29; 2 Corinthians 1:8). Therefore, when our problems are greater than we can handle, perhaps those problems are not our own, but rather belong to Him who has the power and strength to own them (1 Peter 5:7).