Saturday, July 23, 2011
A friend sent me an email the other day that made me stop and think . I am very grateful to Holly for sending this to me because it made me realize what I was doing . I was wrong. I was becoming very angry with God for letting Teresa suffer and not healing her. When life is wonderful and you have health , wealth and happiness , it is very easy to have faith . When you are surrounded with suffering and hard times your faith is really tested and it easy to question God , Why ?...
Here is a bit of what Holly sent me .
Elisabeth Elliott, Her husband and four other missionaries were massacred back in the fifties. Here is something she wrote about the death of those five men.
"There is always the urge to oversimplify, to weigh in at once with interpretations that cannot possibly cover all the data or stand up to close inspection. We know, for example, that time again in the history of the Christian church, the blood of martyrs has been its seed. So we are tempted to assume a simple equation here. Five men died. This will mean x-number of Waorani Christians.
Perhaps so. Perhaps not. Cause and effect are in God's hands. Is it not the part of faith simply to let them rest there? God is God. I dethrone Him in my heart if I demand that He act in ways that satisfy my idea of justice. It is the same spirit that taunted, "If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross." There is unbelief, there is rebellion, in the attitude that says, "God has no right to do this to five men unless..."
I believe with all my heart that God's story has a happy ending....but not yet, not necessarily yet. It takes faith to hold on to that in the face of the great burden of experience, which seems to prove otherwise. What God means by happiness and goodness is a far higher thing than we can conceive.
I was dethroning God by not fully accepting His will for Teresa's life. He has given us a tremendous gift in her . When you live with someone who is dieing you are forced to look at life differently . Things that used to be important simply aren't any more. Everything has meaning. I know Gods story has a happy ending for Teresa but that probably will not be here on earth , it will be in Heaven.
Posted by Our Family at 7/23/2011 05:09:00 PM