Not Strong . . . Just Faithful

Sometimes I read something that puts into words exactly what I feel and think even better than I could.  And so I quote Dr. Rick Blackwood in the spring Grace College alumni publication: “One of the things that has helped me, more than anything, is that if your hope is genuinely in heaven–if you think ‘my greatest days are there, not here’–you’ll never really dread anything in this life.”  Blackwood continues, “The worst that can happen to me is that I die and go to heaven, and that’s the best that can happen to me!  Once you really get your arms around it, the future is so much brighter.”

A lot of people feel very uncomfortable when I talk about the future and Heaven.  I’m certainly not talking about it to make others uncomfortable or to give myself a sort of a pep talk.  It’s what I believe. My husband always says, “It’s not that our time on earth is so short; it’s that we’re dead for so long!”  I believe there is something so much better than life here on earth. If I believed this was as good as it was going to get, yeah, I probably would be depressed most days.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  1 Peter 1:6-7 Seriously, that is my current favorite scripture, for sure.

And this gem, though not scripture but still awesome, by the Reverend Lonnie Anderson in the same above-mentioned Grace College publication: “It’s OK not to be strong, but it’s not OK to be faithless.”

Amen and amen and amen and amen!  I’ve actually grown weary of people telling me, “I couldn’t handle what you handle.”  I don’t know why they say that. They haven’t been called to handle what I handle. I can’t imagine how much wasted time there is in this world with people worrying about what they might have to handle.  If a person is called to handle a tough situation than God will provide the necessary tools to handle it.  God is not looking for the strong. God is looking for the available. Before I went through our wreck and my daughter’s paraplegia and all the consequences it ushered into our lives, I couldn’t have handled it either! And as a side note I certainly haven’t felt strong through any of this the past four years!  But I do feel faithful. And I try to live faithfully. I have faith that my God can be trusted. It’s what I said I believed for 45 years, and now for the last four years I’ve simply chosen to live what I said I believed all along.

Giving up worrying and trying to control the future.  Acknowledging that one doesn’t have to be strong, just faithful.

Yeah.  Yeah. That makes a whole lot of sense to me and I actually find it freeing.  Maybe you do too, Dear Reader.

Until next Wednesday, Lord willing.  Thanks so much for choosing to follow this blog.