Monday, May 31, 2010

Believing anyway

"When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God said He would do."  Romans 4:18 MSG

I want to be like Abraham.  I want to trust God even when everything around me looks dismal and when the circumstances within my immediate range of vision tell me that it's not looking good for the plans that I had imagined. 

Today, we visited with our friends, Vic & Ruth Underwood, that are near retirement.  They're restoring a treasured family homestead and plan to move into it a few months.  A lot of things are good in their lives.  They have a wonderful family, their kids are now all happily married and doing well, and they have a couple of  young grandsons, whom they adore.  They may just be the two most humble and unpretentious people I have ever known.  After a life well-lived, their time to rest, relax and enjoy retirement is on the horizon.  Then cancer comes into the picture.  They do all the right things to address it, suffer through the treatments and surgery and still it comes back.  Something seems inherently wrong with this picture.  This is a couple who are committed and faithful Christians, who have worked hard, raised an incredible family, and have enriched the lives of so many others.  And in the face of a disease that threatens to wreck their world, they persevere.  They don't complain.  They trust God.  Like Abraham, they believe anyway.

I want to be like them.  I want to be courageous in the face of circumstances that, like Abraham's, seem hopeless and I want to trust God to do what he says He'll do.  I don't know what the future holds for Vic & Ruth but I know Who holds their future.  They trust Him and I trust Him and like Abraham, we will believe anyway.

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