The funny quote about opera, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings” came to my mind as we were sitting in a hospital room in Seattle where my brother-in-law was fighting leukemia. His red cell count kept dropping. After numerous infusions of red cells, he still remained unable to produce his own. We went back and forth between the waiting room and his hospital room. Praying and hoping. Trying to encourage him and each other.
Another thought unexpectedly sprang into my mind… “It’s not over until God speaks. We’ve heard what the doctor says, but we are waiting to hear what God says!”
My father-in-law put it another way. “It’s never too late for a miracle.” It occurred to me that what we’ve been waiting for is The Bright Shadow of God. When things seem to be the darkest is when God’s Bright Shadow can bring the greatest illumination.
We sat around that hospital bed, telling stories, laughing about our childhood, sharing love. It was stormy and raining outside, but the heaviness of cancer seemed to float away and a sweet light filled the room. Faith and hope replaced the fear and doubt. God met us in our darkness and transformed it into His great light.
As we chatted the nurse pointed out the window. The most vivid double rainbow I had ever seen appeared in the sky through the raindrops. The dark clouds behind it made it appear even brighter. Everyone in the room was mesmerized by the beautiful sight. Even the nurse wanted to take a picture of it. God’s promise shone brightly against the dark sky.
Although he was not out of the woods, within a short period of time, my brother-in-law’s condition began to improve. His numbers began to stabilize. It is still a day by day, sometimes hour by hour situation, but my faith is stronger, my hope is greater. Not because of the circumstance, but because I have a God who is greater than the current situation.
Even when circumstances seem to be dire, I can still find hope in God. He will never disappoint. I don’t find my hope in circumstance. I have to believe in God’s love and know that He has a better answer… a greater hope… an eternal plan.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” – Psalm 43:5
My faith is tested in these dark times. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where God meets me and I encounter His Bright Shadow.
I must remind myself of this simple truth, “It ain’t over until God speaks… It’s never too late for a miracle.” I will always expect His Bright Shadow to illuminate the dark places. I will never lose hope.
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.” John 1:5