May 28, 2007
Hope in God
I read an article in our local paper recently about an atheist author whose best-selling book aggressively attempts to refute the existence of God. The Psalmist must have experienced a similar assault on God's character in Psalm 42 and 43; his oppressors were saying continually, "where is your God?" (42:10). I'm sure some who read this blog have the same question in mind "witnessing" our experiences with Ian: where is your God? I'm sure because that question has whispered from the corner of my mind.
The Psalmist struggled with difficult experiences caused in part by atheists in his day. "Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls," he said. "All your breakers and your waves have gone over me." Yet, in the face of his difficulties he challenged his own soul (42:11): "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." This is a refrain he repeats three times in two Psalms. It's a refrain I have to repeat over and over again to myself, too, despite my difficult experiences.
No matter what happens with Ian, I must "hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God."
Ian continues to be alert and apparently aware of his surroundings. We "communicate" by asking yes/no questions of him, and we get a long blink if his answer is 'yes'. A friend of ours led a group us in a worship with Ian; I trust it meant a lot to him.
Pray for Ian.