This morning a sweet friend and member of our church suddenly passed away. Kevin was called to their home at 5:15 a.m. He followed the ambulance to the E.R. After 45 minutes of trying to bring our friend back, they told her husband she was gone. Sigh.
It’s part of being a pastor, being there for people when they hurt. Sometimes we have no answers. We simply say “I love you and I’m here for you.” Then we pray and trust that in time, God will somehow bring hope to their hurting hearts.
Four hours after returning home, Kev received some news from his doctor that rocked our world: he has pre-diabetes. I’m thankful they caught it early, but still. He will need to make some lifestyle changes that won’t be comfortable–for either of us.
All this just a few days before he flies to the West Coast to star as Jesus in a Passion Play.
How can we hope anything this bad will turn out good? 3 Ways:
- The God we love and follow is good. Although we don’t believe everything we experience comes from God, we trust that He will redeem everything life–or the devil–tosses our way, into a plan to help us grow (See 1 Peter 1:7).
- We see how God has rescued us from every trial in the past. Rehearsing those miracles helps us trust Him for our future. Nothing can separate us from His love (See Romans 8:39).
- We can always find someone hurting more than we are. Visit a nursing home or the children’s wing in a hospital. Listen to the news for two minutes. No matter what we’re going through, someone, somewhere is experiencing a worse predicament than we are. We don’t rejoice in this. But it helps us gain perspective.
Are you going through a rough patch? If so, I’d like to pray for you.
Please leave a comment here. I will ask the good Father to bring good from your bad.