How Can I Have Faith in the Storms of Life?
One evening, I went out with a couple friends on a boat to do some free diving for lobster. It was after dark when we finally arrived at our destination.
We were discussing where we were going to go diving… and that’s the last thing I remember before waking up 10 days later in the ICU.
Apparently, we had run into an outcropping of rocks with our boat. If we would’ve been 10 or 15 feet to one side, we would have missed it completely. We sort of T-boned those rocks, and everyone onboard was injured.
As far as life-threatening injuries, I got the worst of that. I had bleeding on my brain, and a couple of critical arteries were leaking pretty profusely. My throat was also crushed, and I was losing a lot of blood!
A whole battery of doctors worked on me. When they came out after six hours of surgery, the lead surgeon said to my wife, “Every one of us was afraid we were going to lose him. None of us thought he was going to make it.”
I was in the hospital for a month before I went home to spend several months in rehab. The bleeding on my brain stopped, and my arteries healed up. The trauma to my throat, however, left me unable to swallow at all. I didn’t have a sip of water for months, and I couldn’t eat. I had to be fed through a tube in my stomach. On top of all of that, my speech was affected, and it took months of rehabilitation to learn to talk again.
When bad things like that happen—and they do—many people are filled with questions. Some are filled with anger, asking, God, how could You let this happen?
Well, we just don’t have all the answers. But I don’t have a theology that requires me to have all the answers before I believe that God is good. You can believe God is good even when you don’t understand the storm you’re going through!
First Corinthians 13:12 refers to the day when all of redemption is complete… the day when God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth. There’s going to be no more sorrow, no more accidents, no more illness. Everything will be set right.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
There will come a day when everything works how God created it to work. But we live in a fallen world today. Everything does not operate the way God intended. We have an adversary called the devil who walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Not only that, but we humans make mistakes as well!
The answers we do have today aren’t yet complete. However, according to the promise of 1 Corinthians 13:12, the time is coming when we will know the complete answers just as God knows us now.
And, dear friend, God does know you. He sees you as you read this and He is acquainted with your struggles. He’s not aloof, distant, or uninvolved. He’s very near and very concerned. He desires to guide and strengthen you and He will give you peace in the midst of any storm. Psalm 34:18 from the Easy Reader Version puts it well when it says, “The Lord is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged.”