My mind is spinning today. I just finished looking at a picture of a family who against all odds are all together for their first weekend. You can see what I’m talking about here http://cfhusband.blogspot.com/! I’ve written about them before. It is Nate, Trisha and Gwyneth. Over the last several months they have beat death on many occasions. Trisha has carried a baby eventhough she has Cystic Fybrosis and could barely breath. She gave birth to Gwyneth who was only 1lb and a few ounces at birth. Then while Gwyneth was battling for life, Trisha received a double lung transplant! Today Nate, Trisha and Gwyneth are spending their first Saturday together out of the hospital. It is such an amazing story in which God’s hand is obvious in so many places. Hundreds of thousands of people have had their faith stretched and I’m sure many have come to faith for the first time following this dramatic story of near biblical proportions.
I started this blog saying my mind is spinning because while one Christian family is rejoicing today in how good God has been to them, another whole communtiy is grieving because of the tragic death of their beloved, 44 year old pastor and his 13 year old son. Dr. Forrest Pollock, a friend of mine, and his 13 year old son, Preston were both killed last week when the plane they were flying went down in Asheville, NC. Today his wife Dawn will spend the first Saturday of her life as a widow. Their five remaining children will spend the first Saturday of their lives without a dad. You can read more about this here http://www.bellshoals.com/pages/page.asp?page_id=19886. Our nation has lost a very strong voice for the Lord, taken right as he is in his prime. His church has just had two weeks in their new 3,500 seat worship space.
So, this Saturday my mind is spinning. I see the tension of serving a loving and powerful God yet living on a planet that is coming apart because of the effects and consequence of thousands of years of sin. See, ultimately, Nate, Trisha, Gwyneth and everyone else mentioned here will die too. When and how is not for us to know. God has purposes higher than I can comprehend. If I understood everything then I would be God. I don’t and I’m not, so I must live with mystery and still trust. What a happy, sad day this is. Just like everyday on planet earth. No wonder the scriptures say, "All of creation is groaning waiting for the day of redemption!"