The grace of God meets us when we face hard things. Just this week my son phoned, and I recognized his somber tone.
“Mom, it turns out I don’t have a torn muscle but a mass.”
As I write this, he’s at the oncologist’s office to learn his prognosis. As far as I am concerned the diagnosis is not so important as what I’ve learned through years of experience, and what I now share with you. Sometimes the most profound life-lessons are the hardest to grasp yet the most simple.
When this son was in Iraq—twice—it did not pay me to worry. A part of a special mission, his tour in Afghanistan should have kept me awake at night, but it didn’t. Faced with melanoma and the rebuilding of his right ear one year ago, I chose faith. Part of dangerous undercover work in his present job can be daunting. I choose to rest.
The finished work of Christ has provided for my son and his safety. We face many mountains and valleys in this life, but we must not allow ourselves to fret over imaginary circumstances. That’s how Satan robs us. When and if there is something we must encounter head on, then God meets us there with sufficient grace for that moment.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NIV)
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:28b-30 (NKJ)
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Listen for His Whispers