Day 61-9 – A Time to Dance

Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Growing up, I don’t know if I would call myself the most patient person in the world. I was the kid who always wanted to be into the next stage of life. It didn’t help that when I was 15, I looked like I was 21, so everyone thought I was older than I really was. Often I let pride keep me from just acknowledging the stage I was in. I think it is human nature to want people to think well of you. I know I certainly suffered from that desire.

I remember when I started hearing about God’s timing, thinking in my life maybe God was confused or needed my help. I am still learning the discipline of waiting on the Lord. This journey with Justus has certainly become part of my education. I have mentioned this before, it’s not that I think God caused Justus to get sick, it’s just that I know God is the Great Physician and with one touch could restore him fully. So I get impatient, wondering why God doesn’t just heal him. The truth is, writing these updates have forced me to consider my own internal struggles. When you find yourself writing the words, “maybe God was confused”, it causes you to stop and consider whom you’re talking about.

God doesn’t need my counsel or my advice. Who am I to question the one who created it all? Of course that thinking requires a worldview that says, “God is sovereign.” But if we believe in an omnipotent (all powerful) God, then we must also trust His timing. But here is where it gets a little dicey for me. On the one hand, I’ve said I believe some things happen because people have free will and we live in a fallen world. So it rains on the good and the bad, figuratively and literally. But we also believe that God’s timing is perfect. So which is it, does God cause things to happen or not? The answer is, I haven’t got a clue. That’s not totally true. I have a sense from reading the bible that God can and does affect what happens in our journey. What I don’t know is how often and how much He intercedes. Which is why I come back to the place we’ve landed multiple times… I trust God’s sovereignty and God’s goodness. God is able and God is good.

So with Justus, when I read Ecclesiastes and I watch this video, I’m reminded, there IS a time for everything. And in Justus’ journey there will be a time for everything. Why not sooner… why not faster… why not further? I don’t know. But man, do I get excited with each new step he takes. And yes, it encourages me in my own journey to keep pressing, keep pursuing, and keep using the talents and the gifts God has given me. That’s why in the last 61 days I’ve written over 70 posts and counting. I’m motivated to do whatever it is God has put before me to do. I wonder if God has been asking you to do something and it’s time to do it. Or have you grown impatient because God keeps asking you to wait? Can you, like Justus, trust that God is able and God is good?

I was able to go to the family meeting again today. The doctors, nurses and therapists continue to marvel at how much gain Justus is making. There is a time for everything. We have had a time to weep and a time to mourn. But we’ve also had a time to laugh and a time to build. In today’s session you can see that Justus thinks it’s time to dance! You can also see he has a long journey ahead. And you have to love that. Please keep praying for God’s timing for Justus – and yes even His timing for Justus’ surgery; we trust the Lord. Keep praying also for all the requests on the ‪#‎TeamJustus‬page. I’m working on a way to link those using our website, but until then, here are three that I know are asking for prayer right now: Heather– Pancreatic Cancer; Nathaniel – Healing and answers; Gracie – brain tumor. Thanks #TeamJustus and may the Lord bless your commitment to prayer!

Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Growing up, I don’t know if I would call myself the most patient person in the world. I was the kid who always wanted to be into the next stage of life. It didn’t help that when I was 15, I looked like I was 21, so everyone thought I was older than I really was. Often I let pride keep me from just acknowledging the stage I was in. I think it is human nature to want people to think well of you. I know I certainly suffered from that desire.

I remember when I started hearing about God’s timing, thinking in my life maybe God was confused or needed my help. I am still learning the discipline of waiting on the Lord. This journey with Justus has certainly become part of my education. I have mentioned this before, it’s not that I think God caused Justus to get sick, it’s just that I know God is the Great Physician and with one touch could restore him fully. So I get impatient, wondering why God doesn’t just heal him. The truth is, writing these updates have forced me to consider my own internal struggles. When you find yourself writing the words, “maybe God was confused”, it causes you to stop and consider whom you’re talking about.

God doesn’t need my counsel or my advice. Who am I to question the one who created it all? Of course that thinking requires a worldview that says, “God is sovereign.” But if we believe in an omnipotent (all powerful) God, then we must also trust His timing. But here is where it gets a little dicey for me. On the one hand, I’ve said I believe some things happen because people have free will and we live in a fallen world. So it rains on the good and the bad, figuratively and literally. But we also believe that God’s timing is perfect. So which is it, does God cause things to happen or not? The answer is, I haven’t got a clue. That’s not totally true. I have a sense from reading the bible that God can and does affect what happens in our journey. What I don’t know is how often and how much He intercedes. Which is why I come back to the place we’ve landed multiple times… I trust God’s sovereignty and God’s goodness. God is able and God is good.

So with Justus, when I read Ecclesiastes and I watch this video, I’m reminded, there IS a time for everything. And in Justus’ journey there will be a time for everything. Why not sooner… why not faster… why not further? I don’t know. But man, do I get excited with each new step he takes. And yes, it encourages me in my own journey to keep pressing, keep pursuing, and keep using the talents and the gifts God has given me. That’s why in the last 61 days I’ve written over 70 posts and counting. I’m motivated to do whatever it is God has put before me to do. I wonder if God has been asking you to do something and it’s time to do it. Or have you grown impatient because God keeps asking you to wait? Can you, like Justus, trust that God is able and God is good?

I was able to go to the family meeting again today. The doctors, nurses and therapists continue to marvel at how much gain Justus is making. There is a time for everything. We have had a time to weep and a time to mourn. But we’ve also had a time to laugh and a time to build. In today’s session you can see that Justus thinks it’s time to dance! You can also see he has a long journey ahead. And you have to love that. Please keep praying for God’s timing for Justus – and yes even His timing for Justus’ surgery; we trust the Lord. Keep praying also for all the requests on the ‪#‎TeamJustus‬page. I’m working on a way to link those using our website, but until then, here are three that I know are asking for prayer right now: Heather– Pancreatic Cancer; Nathaniel – Healing and answers; Gracie – brain tumor. Thanks #TeamJustus and may the Lord bless your commitment to prayer!