Faith shows itself best, when it’s been tested the most.
It’s easy to have faith when everything is going well. It’s another thing entirely when your world falls apart. And that’s never more true than when it’s your children.Now imagine that you are a church leader and you are the one teaching and preaching faith every week. You exhort them to hang on to the truths of God in the most difficult circumstances. But then those times of anguish come knocking on your own door. What would you do?
This young man and his wife were finally seeing one of their dreams fulfilled–his wife had become pregnant. They celebrated and shared with everyone their joy at the news. They couldn’t wait to see if their baby was a little boy or a little girl. Together they spent many long nights discussing how this would change their lives for the better.
It was during one of those discussions that they mutually agreed that whatever happened, they would not fear. Not that there was anything to fear. The baby looked fine on the sonograms. The doctors projected only good things. But no matter what happened, be it the pain of labor or delivery or anything else, they agreed not to allow fear to enter into the room.
The finally arrived and the young couple rushed to the hospital in anticipation. It was a rather uneventful delivery and with great joy they welcomed into their arms a daughter. They named her Gabriella, meaning woman of God. They marveled over her tiny fingers and toes and how her lips looked like her mother, Haley.
“The first half an hour was the most incredible half hour of my life,” said Haley.
But what happened after that no one saw coming. It would utterly rip out their hearts and call into question whether they would really believe the Lord and stick true to honor him by having no fear.