God with Skin On: The Kindness of a Stranger

A Shining Light to Chase Away Darkness

If you have lived on this great blue marble for any significant length of time you may understand what I am about to write about. The following is something that I have rarely spoken about to anyone I consider a friend, let lone the general public.

Perhaps some of you know what it is like when family and friends disappear in times of crisis, especially prolonged crisis and hardship. Fifteen years ago the amount of friends and family members that stood by us, when my gentle-hearted wife was battling with cancer, could be counted on one hand.

This ordeal went on for over two years, the walls of the hospital began to feel like undeserved imprisonment for us all. It has taken our immediate family over a decade to recover from the extra costs of medical care, and loss of wage(s) alone. If one assumes that universal health care in Canada covers all one’s expenses, think again. I shudder to think of the costs involved for a similar ordeal in the US. I still have feelings of sorrow and dread when I pass by that health institution.

Yet, God was there to care for me, my three young teenage girls, and most importantly, my wife. My beautiful wife survived a hideous form of acute myelogenous leukaemia, when she had less than a 15 percent chance of survival (according to medical doctors and specialists involved).

When family and friends chose not to get involved, at least in the long-term, God brought one or two strangers into our lives to pick up the pieces. God with skin on in my analogy.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 NASB

I am learning not to doubt the goodness of God amongst the living. I have also learned not to hold back the tears, the anguish, and the bitter disappointment of being let down by family and friends. At the same time, I understand the importance of forgiveness and coming to an understanding of the sovereignty of God in the affairs of our everyday lives. People will surely disappoint us, but God will always be there in times of trouble.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6 NASB

May God bless you in all things, both now and forever.


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