There is a line found in one of my favorite movies - Grace Card, (a must-see movie). It’s a movie about the struggle and power of forgiveness. The struggle to extend it, and the power of the freedom it releases in the hearts of those who execute it. The line in the movie I am referencing is when one of the characters is talking to the person who needs to forgive and tells him, “when there is something we need to learn, God sends a teacher.” At first glance that doesn’t sound like much of a profound statement, until you consider the teacher could be the most unlikely person or circumstance one can imagine.
So why do you ask, is this so prevalent on my mind? It’s because I am convinced God is leading us through this very territory with the medical issue experienced by our beloved brother Ken Catanzaro. In this scenario, the teacher is the circumstance, which we cannot control or change. The lesson: wait on the Lord faithfully regardless what you think, suspect, hope, fear, all the above. Also, this all moves at the pace of the God of creation, and not us. Ahhh - Patience, a very difficult teacher in a world of instant everything. In a moment, an instant, God slams the brakes on our lives and makes us slow down, refocus on him, and wait day by day, minute by minute, inch by inch as Ken progresses through the stroke he suffered. What we all want is for Ken to wake up, say the usual Ken line “I’m good, where are my clothes, I’m outta here.” But unfortunately that his not his reality, nor ours either. God is teaching me to be faithful and trusting in prayer one inch at a time, one day at a time. The teacher has come and has shined a bright light on the source of all things (God), and He tells us “I got this, put your trust and hope in me.” So, we wait with great anticipation as God works His work. Let us all learn this important lesson, from our Heavenly Father.