“Some people seem like they have trouble-free lives,” my friend told me. “But as I get older, I see that no one gets a hall pass. Sooner or later, trouble comes to everyone.”
How right she is. We all get our share of heartache and trials.
We’ve been going through some ourselves. Opening our home to our handicapped niece while her mother was in treatment for cancer has been a trial that is stretching us to our limits.
We’ve dealt with temper tantrums and bed wetting, hearing voices and stealing shoes. Our attempts at discipline sometimes seem futile against her obsessions and stubbornness. We feel helpless, not knowing if her behavior is part of her disease or just plain sin.
But that is small compared to what is looming over our heads now. During a routine checkup, the doctor found a lump on my niece’s thyroid. Is it cancer? He couldn’t tell. Now we are waiting for tests to be scheduled, and then will wait for results, and then deal with whatever there is to deal with.
The days just seem to be getting darker and darker. Where will this end? When will God act to help us?
These are questions that fit the season of Advent. As the world waited for the savior, many wondered if conditions of their lives would get worse. God was silent. Would they ever hear His voice again?
The good news is that we know what happened. God came, and dwelt among us. He knows our pain, and He doesn’t leave us alone in it. And He will work in our situation.
What He does may not be what I expect or what I want. There may be more trials ahead or there may be a sudden breakthrough that brings happiness to all.
He doesn’t give us a hall pass to escape the testing in our lives. He does go into the classroom, teaches and corrects us, and sits with us while we are tested. He weeps with us in failure and rejoices in our success.
But while I wait for Him to act, the days, like the days in December, grow darker and colder. I can only wait in faith for the coming of the Savior.
In the meantime, when I’ve worn myself out with work and worry, I cling to His great command: Be still, and know that I am God. The Savior is coming, and I can rejoice.