Faith. If we had enough faith, we could move a mountain. Really? Always?
I'm going to ask a hypothetical question and then tell you the story and see if your answer is different when it's Hypothetical versus when it's Real. I think it will be for most of you. Be honest now.
Hypothetical situation ... you're faced with a decision.
You say "Yes" : requires great faith. God will have to interevene. God will have to move a mountain. Or the consequences are dire. You throw all your faith in and say, Whatever it is, God can handle it. You trust God to pull off the miracle.
You say "No": is it a lack of faith? or is it wisdom? Because God might not intervene.
Do you say Yes or No?
If you're a Christian, my guess is that most of you would say YES to my hypothetical situation. You'd say Go for it and trust God. You'd say I should stand on faith and do it.
So let me tell you the situation. 3 days ago, we were presented with a potential adoption situation. A little baby boy (under a year) with some special needs. The initial needs didn't scare me off so we considered it. (A know a few of you are ALREADY thinking ... "what the heck are they thinking".) We got the medicals and there is a possible life threatening situation. As in ... he might not live to see the age of 3 or he might live to 10 but no one with this condition lives to 20.
So now does THAT change your answer about faith?
I know to the core of my being that God is a healer. That He is capable of healing. That He could pull off this divine miracle and heal this child and he could live a full long life.
I also know that sometimes God says, "No". And has other purposes and plans for lives. I know too many people of God who have lost children way too early to be blinded to the fact that God sometimes has a different purpose and way of looking at things.
So if say "No" to adopting this baby, do I have a lack of faith?
We've already made our decision ... I just want to use this situation as a way for us to question deeper, to wrestle with some of the more difficult decisions of life.