Dr. W. A Criswell, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas Texas, said on one occasion on an airplane flight he found himself seated beside a well-known theologian.
He desperately wanted to start a conversation & they did get to talk. The man told Dr. Criswell about how he had recently lost his little boy through death.
Dr. Criswell listened as he told his story: He said he had come home from school with a fever & we thought it was just one of those childhood things, but it was a very cruel form of meningitis. The doctor said we cannot save your little boy. He'll die.
And so this seminary professor, loving his son as he did, sat by the bedside to watch this death vigil.
It was the middle of the day & the little boy whose strength was going from him & whose vision & brain was getting clouded said, "Daddy, it's getting dark isn't it?"
The professor said to his son, "Yes son it is getting dark, very dark."
Of course it was very dark for him. He said, "Daddy, I guess it's time for me to go to sleep isn't it?"
He said, "Yes, son, it's time for you to go to sleep."
The professor said the little fellow had a way of fixing his pillow just so & putting his head on his hands when he slept & he fixed his pillow like that & laid his head on his hands & said, "Good night Daddy. I will see you in the morning."
He then closed his eyes in death & stepped over into heaven.
Dr. Criswell said the professor didn't say anymore after that. He just looked out the window of that airplane for a long time.
Then he turned back & he looked at Dr Criswell with the scalding tears coming down his cheeks & he said, "Dr. Criswell, I can hardly wait till the morning."
Let's face it...
We will all face trials that will test our patience & faith in God.
There will be times that we can't explain why we're going through such enormous pain.
And the only thing that we can do in this situation is...
...to stay strong in our faith in our Creator.
“He who is able to accept everything gladly from the Lord - including darkness, dryness, flatness - and completely disregard self is he who lives for Him.” - Watchman Nee.
Rom 6:5 (LEB): “For if we have become identified with him in the likeness of his death, certainly also we will be identified with him in the likeness of his resurrection.”