Rachel’s gone now.
I had been in charge of her medical training for three years. During that time, I had taught her medicine and prayed daily for her and spoken of Jesus to her when God urged me to do so. I had been sincerely concerned that she should come to know our Lord.
She has now finished her training and moved on into life, career and family. I may never hear from her again. I have no idea whether God will one day bring her to His side through distant voices and different experiences.
Luke, in his book of Acts, devotes more than five chapters to Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem and his subsequent trial. Throughout this ordeal, over and over again, Paul tells his story and the story of the Christ who had saved him. In these chapters, we see politics, personalities and intrigue swirl around him as he moves through history, faithfully sharing the gospel.
And nowhere in any of these chapters is there any evidence that anyone accepted Christ through Paul’s message. He shared the gospel whether or not it increased his suffering. He shared the gospel whether or not he saw people coming to faith.
How much of our Christian work and words do we pursue because they are truth and how much is guided by the response of the world? Can we move forward into our own history, speaking the truth, acting the truth we know, whether or not we see any positive results, whether or not that truth adds suffering to our lives?
And this is not just about personal witness. So much of life we start and never see the finish—the child we never finished raising, the book we never finished writing, the broken loved one we never saw whole.
Like the last leg of a relay with the finish line over the hill beyond our sight—the last leg of the relay, after a glorious handoff to the only one who can finish the race, over the hill, where we cannot yet see, but one day will.
Can we trust God with the results of our lives when we may never see them come to pass? Can I trust God with Rachel’s future?
Let me trust you with the future when I am no longer part of the plan.