“Light shall shine out of darkness.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
"I Believe, Help My Unbelief"
“During my junior year in college, I took a butter knife from my mother’s kitchen and scraped the Christian fish decal off the back bumper of the Plymouth hatchback I’d inherited from my older brother. Stripping off that sticker foreshadowed the day, a few years later, that I would walk out of church.”
She was only six weeks old when she was mistakingly mistreated for a minor eye inflammation that left her blind the rest of her life. Without any eyesight, you and I might have grown up bitter, but not her. At the age of eight, she wrote the following 2 stanza poem:
What if you majored in adhering to law where “an eye for an eye” literally meant “AN EYE FOR AN EYE!”? What if you didn’t believe in angels or spirits? What if you didn’t believe in the resurrection – either Jesus’ or you own?
Six years ago, I shut my front door and realized too late that I had just locked myself out of my own house! That very morning, I had been studying one of Paul’s exhortations to the church at Thessalonica: “In everything give thanks.” Since this passage was so fresh on my mind, I just started thanking God for having a house I could lock myself out!
I was a student at Harding College from 1972-1975. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Harding and have many amazing memories. One of those memories was of a student who continually ministered and intentionally connected with blind students on campus. I’d see him walking side-by-side with them to classes, assisting them in the cafeteria, library, chapel, etc. I have to tell you I was convicted and impressed.
In February, 2014, I drove to Lincoln, Nebraska, to be with my oldest son to watch the University of Nebraska men’s basketball team play the Indiana Hoosiers. Before the game, a highly reputable Indiana cardiologist, Dr. Larry Rink (who has now been IU’s team doctor for the past 39 years) walked by my seat. I instantly said, “Dr. Rink, thank you for helping save my brother-in-law’s life.”
I have many heroes of faith -- men and women I’ve personally known and loved, who have lived their lives for the Lord and are now eternally with Him. They are souls I long to meet again and live with forever! Of course Jessica and my Dad are part of my great “Cloud of Witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1)...