Yesterday we learned that the great preacher Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99.
So for today’s devotional, and as a testament to Graham’s own teaching, let me share a story he once told, and which captures something about the hope that was deep within him.
There was a 30 year-old truck driver who had his whole future ahead of him. Life was smooth sailing.
But one day while driving he got pains in his chest. At the hospital he found out that a malignant tumor was wrapped around his heart.
It was complicated to say the least. But through the treatment and surgery his attitude amazed the doctors and nurses at the University of Michigan. In the midst of what would make many people crumple on the floor, he was incredibly positive.
Apparently the size of the hope IN his heart was bigger than the tumour wrapped AROUND his heart.
They asked him how he could have such a great attitude even though he was threatened with death. So he told them about his faith in Jesus.
Even still, they didn’t hold out much hope and said that only a miracle could save him. He looked at them and said: “Docs, I’m in a win-win play-off. If I live I win. If I die I win.”
It makes me think of Romans 6:23, that “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
A short while later the truck driver died. But did he? Wasn’t his death just his life getting a capital L?
Today, with whatever you’re dealing with, just remember that everything you see isn’t everything there is to see.
God is bigger than your problems. And although that doesn’t make your problems go away, it does remind them that they’re supposed to be in the trunk and not in the driver’s seat.
Remember, you’re in a win-win playoff.
Live like it.
(With thanks to Billy Graham.)
By Matthew Ruttan