Yesterday was a very interesting day! As we sat in our living room watching ‘The Dr. Phil Show’ it was still so shocking to realize that this story being told is the story we find ourselves in the middle of. Then later we watched the nightly news on channel 3 here in the Phoenix valley and once again we faced this reality. Never could we have imagined 6 months ago that we would have to watch our then ‘healthy’ daughter battle this cruel disease, and do so on a national platform. Yet, as I sit here and peck away at my keyboard I can’t help but think this story we find ourselves in, is not just simply ‘our’ story. This story is bigger! This story represents struggles around the world. This story speaks to parents in the middle of a host of adversities. This story shakes the illusions of comfort that we so often become lost in. This story is covered in humanity, rooted in the human experience of pain/struggle/fear.
Yet, still this story is bigger! This story is bigger still, because at the heart it is not ‘our’ story, it is God’s story. Even in the midst of our situation we are discovering a God who is creating a story for himself. He is before this thing and he is holding it all together (check out Colossians 1:16-17). We find ourselves in the middle of God at work in our world, but in his unique way. We would never, never, never have chosen this story or this particular scene in the story but here we are, what do we do!
I am reminded again today that this story is about a BIG God and a little girl! This BIG God is using this little girl to make a BIG impression on people from coast to coast and in countries across the world. This BIG God has a name, and his name is Jesus! We enter into Jesus’ story for our lives, for it is a story of trial that leads to triumph, pain that lends itself to praise, and rescue that rises up in resurrection!