Two parents in our parish are probably not sleeping tonight. Beds in the hospital are uncomfortable. Their son has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Tomorrow is his surgery.
It’s hard to imagine the emotions they feel. They comfort themselves knowing that their child is young and healthy. They have the best doctors in one of the best pediatric hospitals. But they are still standing on the edge of the unknown.
They have done all they can. There are signs of God’s providential care in the discovery of the tumor. But they walk into tomorrow without any guarantees. All they can do is trust God, whatever comes.
It is not what we want from God. We want guarantees.
Abraham was asked to leave home for a destination he did not know. Israel was guided through the desert having to trust that God would provide manna each day. Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread. Not monthly bread or yearly bread – or a lifetime of bread – just one day at a time. It’s all God gives.
One day at a time.
God will be with them through this night. Whether they sleep or not, God will be with them. Whether their hearts are at peace or not, God will be with them. Whatever the outcome tomorrow, God will be with them. It is the most basic of our confessions. God is not far off in the heavens; God is near at hand. God is with us. Immanuel.
And tomorrow God will lead them.