Today, my best friend sent me a photo that I never wanted to see from anyone I love. It was his view of receiving his first round of Chemo-Therapy. This image was hardly bearable to see for so many obvious reasons. Especially because I am not able to be in the room with him physically in these moments of his journey.
It flashed me back to February 8th of this year sitting in the ER with Jessica (my wife) as we sought for explanations of her symptoms. It was the first moments where we realized that we needed to become familiar with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and how this was bringing an end to a view of our lives that we never could have imagined.
Like the hope I have for my friend and my wife we are going to encounter views that are unexpected and unwanted. These are moments that throw us into chaos, feeling overwhelmed, and facing the larger truths that we busy ourselves away from dealing with (mortality, loss, fear). These views are moments we face the limitations of our control and where we choose if God is going to be Lord over these views and moments as well. Is the victory of the Cross still present to resurrect us from views that may send us in directions that were known only to God beforehand?
I say “resurrect us” not in a sense of a need for Christ’s atonement needing to be validated again, but more in the presence of working out the salvation that we have “the already, and the not yet”. As those who place their faith in Christ, we already can see the full assurance of pardon and new life that will bring ourselves to a view that will see Christ face to face. While we have not yet full encountered this with views of a world riddled with disease, perseverance of the human heart, and the miracles that God bestows from his goodness we don’t lose our view of hope.
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. …
I hold to a view that envisions every heart and body restored, whether it is in this life or in the world to come. I hold to the view of envisioning that no matter where the people I love find themselves, they will be enabled by a inner strength that wasn’t born from their doing, but inhabits them through their faith in a good good Father who will continue to demonstrate his mercy to us as we encounter views we never envisioned.
Regardless of outcomes, moments like today only affirm our resolve to pursue a hope that we must trust that God is still able and still has a hand in working as we obediently present ourselves to take in the views this life brings us to face. It is in our willingness to face them that God is enabled and empowered to act on our behalf.
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