In a few hours I’ll be heading back to a place that I’ve grown not to like. Downtown Atlanta used to remind me of the Varsity and its delicious cuisine. I used to associate downtown Atlanta with Turner Field and my beloved Braves. Ever since June 16th of this year, when I think of Atlanta, I think of orthopedic surgeons, hospital vending machines, lonely hotel rooms and a wife in grave pain. Atlanta? Not my favorite.
So many of you have prayed and communicated your love and concern for our family over the last six weeks. Additionally, more people than I can count have shown that same love by sending meals, caring for Amy’s medical and personal grooming needs at home, cleaning our home, modifying our house for her wheelchair and various other things that I’m sure I’m forgetting. Our church family and a few other churches have been generous with helping with medical bills. The staff and members of Meadow are remaining understanding while my hours in the office and pulpit have been less than what is normally expected of a pastor. We remain humbled and grateful at your care of us. Please stay alongside of us as we have an appointment with Amy’s surgeon today to see what kind of progress is being made in her recovery. The long drive down to his office will remind us of how little control we have over our situation and we will need to stay committed to yielding to God’s gracious plan. A man I’ve learned much from over the years helps us to do so when we hear him say,
“Our need is not to prove God’s faithfulness but to demonstrate our own, by trusting Him both to determine and to supply our needs according to His will.” – John MacArthur
In his quote, the place of tension is found in the words “according to His will”. Why is this so? Because we always have a will of our own and this will might typically be focused on what benefits us quickly and lastingly. We are sometimes afraid that God’s will might cost us that craved personal benefit and so we often sense a struggle. I’m not a priest who receives confessions but I’ve been candid to confess our own area of struggle for today – will you do the same by commenting on the following question?
What is the area of life which you find the most difficult to consistently,calmly yield to God’s will?