“…he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2, NIV 2011).
I sat across from my friend Tom, a retired fireman, this week at Wednesday night church supper. Tom is also my patient with recurrent colon cancer, from which he may not be cured. Tom was telling me about his visit to a surgeon. “He’s not sure he can get it all; but, hey man, for me it’s a win-win. Whatever God wants. Just like when Eric, my son, got leukemia. When Eric got leukemia I prayed, ‘God, this is my son; you know how I feel. You know how I love him and what I want. But you gave him to me and I thank you for that. I now give him to you. Please save him, but your will be done.’”
Sweet surrender—a father trusting his own life to God—a father handing his own son into the arms and will of God. Tom was rock-hard sincere.
Tom is way ahead of me. I am not there yet with my faith, my trust. I need that rock-hard, sincere confidence of his that God is in charge and all will be well within His will. How do I get there? The way I am traveling is the only way I know: seeking a deeper relationship with Christ, throughout my day; obeying the King, so that I might walk in His footsteps and see His power; surrendering on a daily basis, until I mean it.
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b, NIV 2011).