Shameless Audacity

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The struggle is real, and the pain and daily challenges Amy continues to face have made this past decade one for the books. Yet, through it all, she has kept the faith.

Well, for the most part.

This blog is an honest, authentic account of our journey. Not the plastic, everything-is-fine, religious portrayal so many of us put on for others on Sunday morning. So to that end, I should tell you that this journey has not been easy for either of us. If you are tempted to put us on a pedestal because we’re spiritual giants, please stop. Because we’re not.

We recently heard of a story of a little old lady who had not been walking with the Lord. She was lying in her hospital bed the night before major cancer surgery and decided, what the heck, she might as well pray for healing. She felt a tingling sensation and when the doctors scanned her the following morning for cancer, it was gone.

Well cool. That’s a pretty neat, amazing, beautiful, and miraculous story. But can I just be honest for a moment and confess that I can’t help but think, “Hullo, Jesus. We have prayed for Amy’s healing, what, ten thousand times? Can we get some of that healing, please?”

Jesus told a story in Luke 11, immediately before He said something Christians like to quote:

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

It seems like God’s answers to some prayers are not immediate answers. Some of us are called to ask and wait, and then we seek and wait, and then we knock and wait.

So Amy and I will pray without ceasing and continue to put our pisteuo in Him. Whether or not God ever answers the prayer for healing, we will experience His presence and intimacy while we wait.

And isn’t that the whole point of life on Earth in the first place?

Rick Mumford