Andree Seu, whose writing I have enjoyed for years, has another stellar article in the October 22 issue of World magazine. Here are some exerpts from “Not Turning Back.”
“Scott and Janet Willis lost six children in a single day when a piece of metal fell off a truck and punctured the gas tank of their minivan…
By the ball of fire that consumed their minivan on Interstate 94, Scott…said to his wife…the best words he could have said: ‘It was very quick. And they’re with the Lord now…’
Surrounded by emergency responders, Janet kept praying out, ‘I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth,;’ with the accent on ‘will.’ I believe it is the same way Jesus must have cried to His Father, ‘I will put my trust in Him’ (Hebrews 2:13), not from a lotus position, but in torment…”
I was talking with a friend recently who asked: “If I pray and ask God to help, but I don’t really have confidence that He will, is it still faith?” My response: “The fact that you asked God to intervene in a situation that you acknowledged was beyond your control is an act of faith. When the Roman centurion said ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief,’ Jesus did not berate him. Jesus blessed him."
I wonder if prayers offered during stormy days of doubt don’t honor God more than prayers tossed lightly toward heaven during sunny days of ease.
Back to the article…
“Gone is my ability ever to say that the Lord does not expect us to praise Him at all times….Banished are my quid pro quos, the restrictions I put on God’s discipline unawares; the time limits I set Him for pulling rescue out of affliction; the lines I would not let Him cross; the right I reserved to judge His justice.. The Willises have placed their stake here: ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him’ (Job 13:15).
‘Sing, O barren one, who did not bear’ (Isaiah 54:1). A command to sing at such a time would be cruel counsel if it were not true that in worship we find deliverance… Praise in the face of devastation releases blessings obtainable in no other way…
What a privilege to meet someone [the Willises] to whom the Lord has entrusted so much suffering.”
And if that’s not a life-changing way to view trials, I don’t know what is.