Life is not about easy answers…but living through tough questions.
(Listen to my song “Love Will Always Lead You Home” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
A desperate father’s final hope was that maybe…just maybe…Jesus could cure his son from a long illness.
It’s Jesus…for crying out loud!
Well, of course, we read these words in hindsight after reading the stories in the gospels. We have faith that Jesus was a healer.
Or do we?
I must admit…I have prayed over many people. Some have recovered…but none in such a dramatic, instantaneous way.
People close to me have died despite my prayers.
So I find myself relating to this man who cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
I truly have no doubt in Jesus being a healer and that the healing power of Christ is still pulsing through the universe.
But what I don’t know is the big picture.
I don’t know why many die while others are cured. I do know that God is love (1 John 4:8) and I have experienced that Love even when members of a family have gathered round a dying loved one to pray only to see that person slip away.
I also believe that that loved one is not dead…but transformed…and is deliriously happy in that transformation.
I’m convinced of this after reading many accounts of amazing Near Death Experiences and having spoken to several who have had an NDE.
All I can say is this: Faith is not about being given easy answers…but about living through the questions believing that Love will always triumph.
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke put it this way: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
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Remember…God loves you!