STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE
By Jeanette Berry,
Our son Richard,
15, was accidentally hit in the eye with a rock this week.
There was bleeding inside the eyeball, and later an inflammation
developed. For a time the sight of the eye was in question,
and of course, it was a matter of great concern and prayer to our
family, and even to our church and school.
brought to my mind an article I read not long ago. A
Christian should anticipate problems and troubles even as a better
stepping up to the plate anticipates the ball coming toward him.
It is not a bitterness and a resentment of the ball or the
pitcher, but a challenge to be faced. True, you may strike
out or foul, but on, the sweet thrill of victory as you soar by
faith and see God do the impossible.
Weak faith, or even
no faith can trust God when things are going well. Where
there is health, money, and all the good things of life we can be
radiant and talk about how good God is to us. But the faith
that I want for myself and for my children is the kind that can
trust God when health, money, and everything else is gone.
So, Richard stepped
up to the plate this week. He accepted the challenge and it
appears he has a home run. He has not yet uttered one word
of murmuring or complaint as he has spent over five days flat on
his back. Three of those days he had patches over both eyes.
It has also been a
challenge to all our family. Could we accept blindness
without bitterness and resentment toward God? My thoughts
were constantly on Fanny Crosby and other Christian giants who
would not have changed their handicap (so called). Knowing
that our loving Lord will allow only what is good for me to come
into my life and make me more like Him, I too, can stand up to the
challenge with anticipation.
It has been a week
running over with love. The love was expressed through
prayers, visits, calls, cards and notes and gifts. It brings
me back to Proverbs 10:22, "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh
rich and He addeth no sorrow with it." Could I go back a
week and do it all over I'd want it all to be the same. I
rest securely in His great love.
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