Posted by: Don Linnen | 29 April 2012

Future Prospects

Just when you think it’s safe to lift your head, another dirt clod misses it by inches. Sometimes it feels like that even after decades since the last backyard battle with your brother.

Life keeps throwing things your way. Pick any of a hundred problems facing the world, our nation, or your family. Those issues exist on the spectrum from unpleasant to life threatening.

My wife “sailed” through breast cancer last year. Sailing is relative. It was not a trivial effort. The final surgery occurs next month.

2012 has mostly been a celebration tour of the successful medical marathon of 2011. It occurs to me how easy it is to thank your prayer warriors and give God the glory when things go well.

How well do you do that when a dirt clod is headed for your nose? Last week, examination of a new hip pain began. Is it muscle related or cancer related? Uncertainty crept back in. 

Along with uncertainty came fear. We and our doctors can do all we can do, but nothing more. We wait until June to get the answer about the pain. Fear lingered until we again called on our faith.

Last Sunday Doug Birdsall introduced us to the amazing feats of Adoniram Judson. Judson was an American missionary to Burma from 1812 to 1849. His story is one of adventure, heartbreak, resilience, perseverance, hope, and inspiration.

His challenges were daunting and long lasting – typical for any leader. But when asked what he thought of the future, he said that his future prospects “were as bright as the promises of God.”

What a great reminder. I’m back to giving God the glory – no matter what.

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