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Resilient faith

 

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Driving home from work recently, I felt compelled to turn around and pay a visit to my grandmother. We talked and prayed for an hour, and I kissed her cheek farewell.

That was the last time I would see her. Reahn (Copeland) Hubin died the following morning at the age of 90.

Speaking at her funeral, I highlighted her resilient faith. She had learned to trust God despite heartache and disappointment.

During our last conversation, I confided about a particular challenge I was facing. She replied as she had many times before: “Trust God — everything is going to be OK.”

Until her final breath, she held onto the truth of Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).

I never heard my grandmother blame God or anyone else when trials came her way. She belonged to the Creator of the universe, so there was no need to cower, complain or blame. Instead, her words were filled with optimism and encouragement.

A few weeks before her passing, I read to her Psalm 20:7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

She responded, “Remember, Grandson, no matter what happens, God is for us.”

Today, if you are facing hardship, disappointment or betrayal, let me encourage you to take my grandmother’s words to heart: “Trust God — everything is going to be OK.”

Hal Donaldson

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