One of the parts about being a pastor that is difficult is visiting folks from your church who are in the hospital. It is worse when they are going through life and death situations. One of the persons I visited today is on a ventilator. Another one had a stroke.
No matter how often I have seen it, it still is really tough. What do you say that sounds encouraging while at the same time admitting that you have questions? Dealing with our mortality is not a picnic.
At times like these, there are no easy answers. I want to be supportive but there is a part of me that just hurts. I want to fix it all but I can’t. The best I can do is simply do what I tell them to do: trust God!
That is easier said than done. Even as a pastor, I have my moments of doubts. But, maybe this will help. Here’s the thing about trust: if it were easy, it wouldn’t be real.
Faith is only legit when it includes risk. You have to put yourself out there if you are going to trust someone, especially God. You will never have all the answers, you will never have it all figured out, and you will have to eventually take some kind of jump into the unknown.
Trusting God is more about sticking with the relationship versus having things always go the way you want them to. You have faith in Him not the answer. You cling to Him even when the world or life doesn’t make sense.
You believe that God will not desert you even when everything in the world turns crappy. You hold on! And at the end of the day, you simply lean on Him knowing He will walk with you even as you watch those you care about suffer and maybe die. That’s trust!