Faces on Faith: More than you know
It was a dark and stormy night. Old Bill was headed home in the pounding rain and decided to take the short-cut home through the cemetery. What he did not know was the fact that a grave had been dug for a funeral to be held the next day. Because of the dreadful darkness and driving rain he did not see the hole ahead of him.He fell headlong into the slimy pit. For hours he tried to get out, but slid down each time. Finally he sat in a corner and simply wept. To his surprise, someone else chose to take the same short cut, failed to see the same hole, and also fell into the pit. From the dark corner Old Bill watched the other man struggle to get out. Finally he stood up behind the man, put his hand on his shoulder and said, “You can’t get out.” But he did.
It is amazing the things we can accomplish with the right motivation! Over the past month we all have been testedand struggled a bit with what may have seemed like trying to get out of a pit. I know I have heard countless stories of folks incredibly wearylonging for normalcy. I can only imagine how it is for the people in Puerto Rico, or Mexico, or Immokalee. Yet I have watched men, women and children find a strength, and encouragement, a motivation beyond themselves to arise from the pit and go forward with hope and courage.
Much of that motivation has come through the help of others. The beauty of crisis is that it often brings out the best in humanity. A headline in Houston stated that during recovery they saw all political and racial differences vanish. Right here on Sanibel we saw the amazing work of our own Judy Zimomra and our city servants, not to mention the power company who inspired us all. We saw neighbor helping neighbor and it was a beauty to behold.
But for many, faith in the mercy and grace of God sustained them, and provided the assurance that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Millions of prayers, and millions of dollars, and thousands of Christians have been availed to areas hit hard by nature’s fury, providing a tangible expression of the love of God through His people.
With each other, and with God’s help, we will arise from the pit, we will see the light of hope and new beginning. We will see more than we ever thought possible by God’s grace.
-Dr. Daryl G. Donovan, Sanibel Community Church