My times are in your hands. (Ps. 31:15)

AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH I attended as a young nursing student, I heard a talk by the choir director’s husband. He said his wife had cancer and asked for prayer for her, yet he didn’t seem to be in despair. He and his wife trusted God to do what was best. Their lives were under His control. I watched her direct the choir for many more weeks until she became too sick to do so. Eventually, she died.

What they both said during that difficult time made a lasting impression on me. Many years later, while I watched my own spouse succumb to cancer over a period of ten months, I often thought of them and what a witness they’d been. It strengthened my faith to believe that, because God is holy and righteous, I can trust Him with my life and all my circumstances.

The psalmist wrote about going through affliction, anguish, distress, sorrow, grief, contempt, and abandonment. He trusted in the Lord, who held his life both then and in the future. He asked for help, then thanked God for His goodness to those who take refuge in Him.

The best way we can contend for the faith is by example. If people see us exhibit peace when we experience adversity, they may decide Jesus is worth following.

Write (or speak) a psalm expressing your thanks and praise to God.

Judith Vander Wege is a member of the worship committee, choir, and praise team at her church and plays the accordion for senior citizens.