Faith Column: This and that, Oct. 10
October 10, 2013Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a young man who was raising awareness of childhood cancers by carrying a large wooden cross from his home in San Diego to San Bernardino.
Ruben Loya told me that this was just something God put in his heart to do. Ruben's wife was expecting their third child at any moment, but he said he trusted God to meet their needs as he made his journey and that included seeing that his wife was safe and protected whether she went into labor while he walked or not.
His insightful comments reminded me of one of my favorite passages in the Bible, Psalm 91:12. "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust."
On Saturday this past week, Ruben's wife went into labor, eventually giving birth to a beautiful baby girl early Sunday morning.
He was nearly to his destination when he got word of the impending birth of his daughter. He was picked up just a few short miles from his destination and driven back down to San Diego so he could witness the birth of little Evelyn. Afterwards he went back to the spot where he left off and continued on his journey finally reaching his destination Sunday afternoon.
Along the way Ruben prayed with those who needed it and listened to numerous stories of people's lives. He never lost sight of the cause. While I am sure it pained him to leave his wife and newborn daughter, he finished the job he set out to do.
Ruben's entire journey was based on his trust in God. His faith was unwavering, something he relied on every step of that 110 miles he walked while carrying that cross. His story is a good lesson for all of us.
Sometimes when we are faced with struggles in our life beyond our control we tend to believe that we can out think God. During these instances, it is imperative that we rely on our faith in the Lord and realize that it is his plan for us and not ours.
He is and always will be the great orchestrator of things in our life as well as the great healer and provider. Again, I am reminded of another verse, John 16:33. "These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Ruben knew that no matter what happened while he walked, his wife would be taken care of. He held a blind faith that we sometimes lose sight of in our daily lives. His testimony teaches us that it is important to remember that God wants us to trust in him and have faith as we go on our own journey through life.
Yes, our Lord is absolutely faithful — perhaps we need to ensure we are as well.