“…Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth– everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43: 6-7
Beth Moore said in her Bible Study, Breaking Free (page 38), “I believe being created for God’s glory means two marvelous truths to those who are called by His Name: God wants to make Himself recognizable to us. God wants to make Himself recognizable through us.”
Howard, my husband of 43 years, believed he was healthy until he suddenly developed flank pain. In just one week he went from an illusion of well being to the reality of a large mass over his kidney and multiple masses throughout his abdomen and pelvis. One of his initial statements was, “Have thine own way, Lord.” He has kept quoting Ann Voskamp’s simple, yet profound statement of faith, “God is always good, and I am always loved.”
As we wait for the pathology report following his biopsy, and as we wait for the official diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan, we try to process this information and how radically our life changed in the course of one week. We are surprised by supernatural peace which we know is a gift from God and the result of the prayers of God’s people on our behalf. Howard is surprised that he has not asked,”Why?” Although he knows the question why is normal, and would feel perfectly comfortable hurling it to heaven, there is no why in him to hurl.
Howard is a man of the the scriptures and a man of prayer. I think he has so long steeped his soul in his God, that his questions have been absorbed into the purposes of his Creator and Redeemer. He believes he was designed to glorify God – to reflect God’s glory, in health and in sickness, in life and in death. We hope for a healing, but whether there is one or not, we both want to reflect the Glory of our Loving Heavenly Father during this season of heartache in our lives.