I played in a Pro-member at Seminole today and saw many old friends, both pros and amateurs! It is one of the most famous golf courses in America, and Devon held a very special place in his heart for it! I'm not sure whether or not he ever got the privilege to play it, but I know he always wanted to test his skills out there! The one, prevailing question that many of the participants had for me, was "how is Devon?" I answered most of the questions with, "he is really good!"
As I heard myself answer, I also thought that the answer needed some explanation! Because most "humans" relate being really good to being healthy and being functioning! Because Devon can't walk or talk or function normally, guys have a hard time believing that he is really good! Then I go on to explain that Devo has the things going for him that eventually will prevail! He has a fantastic, positive attitude, a heart bigger than a house, and he has a God working for him, that thrives on the impossible! "No", I told everyone today, " there hasn't been a lot of measurable improvement as the world would measure,
but, that's not important!" This kid's brain is sharper than a tack, his motivation to get better has never waned, and he totally believes that he will be healed! And as far as I'm concerned, Devo is really good! It would be easier to convey his "wellness" to everyone if we had some physical proof, because most of the world doesn't live by faith as we do! Humans want proof! They want results, and they want data! We, Christians are a little different breed! We don't need to see to believe! We live by faith alone, and trust that the person who created us, can and will repair us according to His plan! I'm not sure all those who asked me about Devon today were believers, but I am sure that if they were not, they would find it impossible to understand how we could ever say that he is really good! And I can honestly say that those who truly believe, can handle ANYTHING THAT LIFE THROWS AT THEM because their faith allows them to believe without seeing! We have never thought that Devo wouldn't completely heal, and never have put a time limit on the "when!" Thus, our profound assessment that Devon is really good! The words flow from our lips freely, not because we are trying to be optimistic, but because it's real, WE ARE!
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)
When we live by faith, as we do, we inherit the confidence that all those things for which we hope will actually happen! WOW! So that's where all our optimism comes from! No wonder it's so easy! Faith opens up so many doors of opportunity for us! We can be suffering tremendously, yet be confident, be joyful, and be patient! And the best part about it is that we can still feel assured about the outcome and not need to see evidence! The next time you hear us say that Devon is really good, don't judge by physical evidence, judge by the sincerity by which we pronounce it and believe it! Without God we can do nothing! With Him, all things are possible! Believe it! Goodnight, Dana