Jason called me and told me that he had been diagnosed with cancer and it was really bad. It has been a long time since we had run the streets of Hereford, Texas in his old Cutlass living life to the fullest. He had been my best friend in high school. We had been roommates in college. He was the best man at my wedding. And to hear he was dying was, to say the least, was heartbreaking.
He asked if Amy and I could meet he and Shannon in Houston when he went to see a doctor at MD Anderson. All four of us met together and Jason asked if he could meet me alone in another room. We sat down and he began to weep in a way that I had never seen. Composing himself, he asked me a question that we have all asked so many times in our life. “Why is God letting this happen?”
It was not as if he felt he had lived a perfect life and deserved nothing but bliss all of his life, but this was a terrible blow at such a young age. And his question was true in that God was allowing it to happen. And it is true that what God allows and does can really rock our world. Trying to make sense of it or understand why God allows horrific tragedies in our life is one of the most difficult things that shape our life. The way we respond and react to dark moments in our life will no doubt change the direction of our life for a long time if not for the remainder of our time on Earth. Jason’s confusion was shaking his faith.
Shaken faith – I suppose this is why I wrote Prepare For Greater Things (formerly titled The Journey). As a pastor, I have seen the faith of so many shaken, sometimes utterly destroyed, by the confusion of why God allows deep pain. I lay down different principles and truths from Scripture that if we are able to take them to heart can bring clarity and move us deeper into the abundant plan God has for our life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced deep pain. I don’t say this because I wrote it. I simply wrote what the Holy Spirit taught me as I studied Scripture and sought Him in prayer. My prayer is to be used of God to help someone find peace and even prosperity of soul through the pain. I have had so many who have been ministered to through the book and I count it a privilege to be part of the Lord’s work. To God be the glory!
PS: My book is going to be released later this month. It is already available on my publisher’s website, but the price is going to be $17. You can also pre-order it now on Amazon. BUT BEFORE YOU DO, I have some that I have made available on my website. For a short time, I am making them available for only $10. AND…I will add a handwritten personal note to whomever you like if you are giving it as a gift. During the checkout process, there is a place for ‘order notes’ and in that space, let me know who I could address the note to.