Trust Part 6

Trust Part 6

“I met Mark falling through the air,” Shirley joked on her wedding day in 1998. By then she had done 88 jumps in her pink and blue sky-diving suit. The total commitment once you leap out of that plane always struck me – what kind of trust was this, other than the total absolute thing? And through her suffering God nurtured the trust she had in Him towards such completeness. To me the acid test came when the consultant told her that there was no hope. All weekend long she lay in bed wrestling: “Do I love God enough to lay down my most precious thing – to lay down my life – if He asks it?’
I kept thinking of Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac. Would Shirley be prepared to offer the same total hugely costly obedience, in her case to be prepared to die – should God ask that of her? ‘Mum,’ she said when finally I crawled in behind her and held her close, ‘it’s okay. If God wants to take me I’m okay with that.’ Here was the same kind of trust again – total and complete.”


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