Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Our world was rocked with my diagnosis of ALS in September of 2009. We never thought in a million years that our family would have to go through something as devastating as ALS. We were about to enter our “golden years” filled with plans of growing old together with family and friends, watching our kids marry, enjoying the empty nest years, becoming grandparents, traveling with friends, serving on mission trips and fun home improvement projects. But, with just 3 words…“You have ALS”…the future we thought we had planned was changed forever. Tragedy can strike anyone and things like illness, disabilities and death are a reality of the world we live in.
When God created this world, it was perfect…no disease, no sadness, no war, no abuse, no ALS. It was man’s sin that changed the world forever and we now live with the consequences of our fallen world. God is good all the time and he does not send sickness, abuse or disabilities to any of us. He does not sit in heaven and zap us with cancer or other diseases. We believe his heart hurts for us a lot when we are suffering. He understands pain and suffering because he sent his only son Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for our sins, so that we can be forgiven and have eternal life in heaven. While we are still on this earth, God sends us strength, courage, joy and love for each day. He gives us friends and families to love and help us.
The Bible tells us that God will never leave us and that He will walk with us through the darkest days of our lives. This is the scripture that God gave us soon after the diagnosis and there have been many fearful nights at 2:30 am that we cling to the promise of these words.
“Don’t be afraid for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
When life is hard and painful, you can either curl up in a ball or look up towards heaven. We have chosen to look up to God for our daily portion and our joy; He is our strength, our rock, our provider, our ever present help in our time of need.