Last week, one of our beloved Community members went to be with the Lord. His wake and funeral honored him and his faith so well! We shared many stories of how his prayers of great faith pushed the limits and boundaries that we sometimes put on what God can do. There were many times in his life when he could have chosen to be afraid or overwhelmed, but he was a man of prayer and action, and God’s will first and foremost.
He struggled with Alzheimer’s and one of the nurses’ aides that cared for him, shared a secret of how he dealt with difficulties. He said, “You can look at hardships and complain or you can ‘flip it.’ God is good, and you always need to flip it and see the other side.”
Our loved one chose scriptures, read at his funeral, that reflected this positive attitude:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Interestingly, Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always” two times. I think it’s because we need to be reminded to rejoice at all times, to trust and rejoice (to flip it) and not just in good times. We need to choose to pray with faith, and remember that, as Oswald Chambers wrote, “When you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”