Do I really believe God loves me unconditionally?
Do I really believe God is all-powerful and that nothing is impossible for him?
Do I really believe that God wants the best for me and is working everything out for my good?
Yes, I do.
And, because I believe these things, I am willing to live each day based on these truths.
I bet some of these same thoughts, questions and decisions must have been going through Mary’s mind as the Angel Gabriel told her she was going to give birth to a son who would be a great king and whose kingdom would never end.
What did she really believe? Was she willing to accept this very tough, extremely supernatural assignment for her life with the calm assurance that God would keep all of his promises to her?
Mary’s faith was strong and sure. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Right answer, Mary!
Does this challenge you? It definitely challenges me.
God has given me a very tough road to travel following the death of my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty May 19, 2016.
It’s a very dark, grief-filled road with lots of hazards.
Do I believe that God can work even this evil and horrible event out for my good? That’s a very difficult question.
And my answer is yes.
But the good that will come from this will be good based on God’s perspective which is not always my perspective. You can probably imagine my perspective – I want Davey to still be here on earth, living less than 2 miles from me, dropping by later with his son to pick up my husband so they can all go to Home Depot like they did at least once a week. That will never happen again.
God’s perspective is focused on eternity and he is teaching me some lessons I never wanted to learn about focusing myself on eternity as well. I am realizing that people getting the chance to hear the messages of Davey’s legacy of love is a win for God. The opportunities we are getting to share God’s love with others is a win for God. Any chance I get to tell my story of God’s faithfulness to me and to my family through this tragedy is a win for God.
And – as long as God is winning – I’m good. I’ll submit. I’ll trust.
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
Love you, Abba Father.