I want to tell you about David and April Waldron. They've been married four years I think, one of those young and strikingly attractive couples you meet every so often. April has the faith of Job. David has brain cancer.
They are from Thomasville, Georgia and they are somehow related to Ellen's family who live there in Thomasville. We met them at MD Anderson a couple of months ago and at that time, David was showing some signs of recovery. April just went on and on about how God was blessing them and giving them hope and I could tell that when she said that she was living totally on her faith that God would heal her husband I believed it just like she believed it. Still do. She blogs and posts to Facebook about how things are going and no matter WHAT might be happening with her husband she continues to believe and believe and believe. God has a plan. God will make this right. Jesus will heal this. Faith of Job.
When David and April returned home things looked good. He was up and about. Eating. Singing. Playing. You know, like, normal. But then things went bad in a hurry so they came back to Houston. Things seemed OK; they could leave the hospital and visit NASA and see the sights around Houston while under the care of their doctor. Until things went really bad. I don't remember what they called it, but, David went into a state of constant little seizures that the doctors determined were caused by a "rapidly growing tumor" in his head. He has been sent home to die. April is crushed. And still faithful. Like Job.
Faith. I think that we can learn something from April. It's one thing to say we have "faith"; it's another thing to live like it. Some have read about April's unwavering belief in miraculous healing and thought that she's off her rocker. Be realistic! Come on, your husband's being sent home to die! It's just not healthy to think like you do because you are setting yourself up for failure and disappointment beyond your wildest dreams. April, you are in denial. I'll confess that I have thought it. Then I think, well, that's faith. Faith is believing in something until you have a definitive reason not to. Until David stops breathing then April will keep believing. And I suspect that when that day comes that David does stop breathing, well, then April has something else to believe. Cancer gone. Total healing. Arms of God. Heaven. You know, green pastures and cool waters.
See, I am learning these days that there really is a difference in seeing things in two ways. The "natural" and the "supernatural". It's like this. Some things seem unrealistic, impossible, and even unreasonable in the natural. In the supernatural world of miracles all things seem possible. All things. Now, if we don't believe in that very simple biblical truth then we've got some soul searching to do. Why don't I believe like that? I mean, shouldn't I believe like that? So WHAT if everyone else tells me that whatever it is might be "impossible"? Nothing at all wrong with believing that the God who can save my soul can do whatever it is that I think he can do as long as I remember (this is important) that whatever happens on the other side, even if it doesn't look like I wanted it too, is still full of hope because God is somewhere in it all.
I think that this is what holds us back. I really do. Reason takes over for faith. The voice of logic is louder than the voice of faith. The things we can see and know are much more attractive to us than the things that we cannot see, especially if there is an element of "mystery" there. If you are going to be in church today to hear the conversation that we will have then know this. This very, VERY important thing that we are going to talk about will require enormous amounts of faith. ENORMOUS. What I am going to ask you to pray about will not seem logical. It may not seem reasonable. When you hear it you might think that this is something you cannot do or maybe even will not do. Yes you can. Have faith in the illogical. Have faith in the mystery. Have faith in what you cannot see. That's what is looks like to have faith in God.
Like April. Like Job.