Monday, May 30, 2011

Resilient Faith

Resilient Faith

May 26, 2011

By Hal Donaldson

Driving home from work a few years ago, I felt compelled to turn around and pay a visit to my grandmother. We talked and prayed for an hour, and I kissed her cheek farewell.

That was the last time I would see her. Reahn (Copeland) Hubin died the following morning at the age of 90.

Speaking at her funeral, I highlighted her resilient faith. She had learned to trust God despite heartache and disappointment.

During our last conversation, I confided about a particular challenge I was facing. She replied as she had many times before: ³Trust God ‹ everything is going to be OK.²

Until her final breath, she held onto the truth of Romans 8:28: ³And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose² (NIV).

I never heard my grandmother blame God or anyone else when trials came her way. She belonged to the Creator of the universe, so there was no need to cower, complain or blame. Instead, her words were filled with optimism and encouragement.

A few weeks before her passing, I read to her Psalm 20:7: ³Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.²

She responded, ³Remember, Grandson, no matter what happens, God is for us.²

Today, if you are facing hardship, disappointment or betrayal, let me encourage you to take my grandmother¹s words to heart: ³Trust God ‹ everything is going to be OK.²