As I read their post, I was reminded of my sister in law, Carol. Her life was forever changed with her diagnosis of breast cancer. She had the surgery, she had the chemo, and she had the radiation. And life finally returned to a routine of sorts---interrupted by doctor visits. The fifth year out---the doctor found the cancer had returned--and with a vengeance. In the blink of an eye, she began her final battle---to win more time--with the family she loved dearly. With the doctor's utterance of those words, life took a final new direction.
How many of us have experienced those "Blink of an eye" moments? The letter, the conference with the boss, the call from the police, the surprise diagnosis, a word from a friend, the discovery of betrayal, the collapse of the stock market-- and on and on. Those occurrences--never expected--not even on the edge of our thoughts--which rock our world and forever alter the future we thought we knew. And off life goes into uncharted--unfamiliar--completely unanticipated territory.
The question becomes---how do we react---how do we handle the sudden turn of events? Carol fought with all her might---not willing to give in to the diagnosis---enduring unbelievable suffering---to buy more time--to stay with her family for as long as possible. I have seen loved ones fired from jobs and vow to do whatever necessary to support their family. I have watched fortunes disappear with the downward spiral of some man made gauge and those left reeling when all the paper wealth disappeared with a blink of an eye--slowly discover--life goes on--and their net worth in really not their true worth. I have had the police calls, the word from friends, the letter, and the betrayal--only to discover the world kept on turning--while I sat reeling. Slowly but surely---we all continue down the path of life--even when we have been given a sharp detour which was not on our map.
At that "Blink of an Eye" moment---what do we say to God? While others watch, how do they see us react to a God who allowed this sudden turn of events. Do we scream and yell, do we turn and pout, do we become filled with doubt, do we question how He could allow this? Do we allow Satan to whisper in our ear---do we listen to the concerned friends with "unasked for advice"---do we pour through self help books--do we sit before a therapist---do we continue to look for the silver bullet to change the course before us? Are we able with faith---and in joy---to proclaim Who God is---what He promises---and allow Him to draw along side of us as we suffer? When life takes that blink of an eye turn---do we remember who He is---and praise Him for His faithful presence and abiding grace? When life sends those blink of an eye---are we able to keep our eyes upon Him?
But those who suffer, He delivers in their suffering;
He speaks to them in their affliction.
He is wooing you from the jaws of distress