get questioned – it comes with the territory. My husband always says, “I can
answer anything with three words, I don’t know”! Unfortunately, most
people aren’t satisfied with that answer so that leaves me searching far and
wide to come up with something. There are some questions that have a definitive
answer and others that have many. One question I struggle with, when asked, has
to do with my son and his diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (A high-functioning
form of Autism) at age three.
in divine healing according to the scriptures and particularly, the example
provided by the ministry of Jesus in the Gospels. Because of that, people are
often puzzled that anyone professing said belief could do so and have a child
with a so-called disorder. I could get on a real soapbox here! Is there even
such a thing as perfectly normal or a perfect life, for that matter?
is a man-made ideal. We have no ability, with our limited human understanding,
to truly know what God defines as “perfect”. Even with the biblical account of
Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, we still can’t possibly comprehend a flawless
Deity. We can read, imagine, study and even experience but we will never
know in this life what is meant for us in the next. Too many
people try way too hard to figure it all out in “the here and now”. I prefer to
save some things for later…it’s called Heaven. It reminds me of what Dr. Lester
Sumrall said, “If we knew everything here on earth, and had the answers to
every question, we wouldn’t need faith, we wouldn’t need a Savior, and we
wouldn’t need a Heaven.”
The Message Bible’s translation of Hebrews 11:1-2, “The fundamental fact of
existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under
everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”
This is where we plant the seeds of hope, what we can’t see, and let it take
root in our faith, the fundamental fact of existence. Hope is that handle to
hold onto so our faith doesn’t fail. Hope is not some illusive thing; hope is a
verb – a word to show that an action is taking place. It can keep us moving and
believing and trying, in the midst of adverse circumstances, because we know
our God is able!
How do I
go on every day? How do I watch someone get a miracle when mine doesn’t seem to
materialize? The answer is I don’t have all the answers, I just have faith
and I just have hope.
we know what our miracle is and what our answered prayer looks like. If we’re
not careful, we’ll ignore everything God has done and is doing on
our behalf. The answer may come in an unexpected way but it will come
because our Father God knows what we need and how we need it.
It’s made quite clear for us in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, declares the Lord.” Whew! I’m
certainly thankful for that! Can you imagine trying “to do life” on our own?
What a mess we make when we attempt to do so!
heard people say that hope is vain and I do not agree whatsoever! Who could
observe the indelible work of the Cross of Christ and say such a thing? If we
want to share in the resurrection, we must share in the cross. No one wants to
hear that! We want an easy, breezy life without cost but nothing worth having
comes easily…or free.
love, love, love the writings of the great novelist Flannery O’Connor. Among
her great works is “A Prayer Journal” which I’ve been re-reading and cry the
minute I start! In the front pages are quotes of hers that I’ve written down
and this is one of my favorites, “There are some of us who have to pay for our
faith every step of the way and who have to work out dramatically what it would
be like without it and if being without it would be ultimately possible or
Christian life is a journey and every journey is made up of steps. It
is hope that makes every step of faith possible. I think the great
Martin Luther King Jr. sums it up beautifully, “We must accept finite
disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
this life and the life to come…the finite and the infinite. So, therein lies my
answer because He is my answer. Nothing is forever but my forever God.