Remember this? A week or so after it happened, my director sent out his usual post-concert e-mail. In it, he listed all the things that had gone wrong that day – a pipe burst in the building next door, a bathroom flooded in the concert hall, the police were called to escort someone from the building, the principle violinist showed up 5 minutes before the concert thinking she was an hour early. “By the time our uninvited guest arrived,” he said, “I thought ‘Of course there’s a dog!’.”
That’s kind of how I’m feeling right now. You know those times when the bad news just keeps coming and the only verses you can find that apply to your situation are in Job? I’m there. In fact, I thought I was there a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t. It’s possible I’m not even there now, I just think I am. Only God knows.
And only God knows where this is all heading. So all I can do is throw up my hands and say, “Whatever You want, God. If You need me to do anything, just let me know. In the meantime, I’ll just let You do whatever it is You’re doing.” Some may see an attitude like that as fatalistic. I choose to see it as surrender, as admission that I’m not in control, and as an act of faith.
There’s a guy named Aaron Shust – I’ve featured a couple of his songs in posts before (and he’s a Steelers fan!). Right now, he’s out on tour. And right now, his 2-year-old son is in the hospital while doctors try to figure out why he can’t swallow and keep food down. Tonight, this is what he had to say:
Instead of worrying I’m gonna trust God’s plan and sing His praises in New Mexico tonight! Lift Him Up!!!
That’s exactly the kind of faith that we need when we’re in a dog-on-stage situation. It’s the kind of faith that says, “Of course there’s a God!”
Please pray for Aaron, his wife Sarah, the doctors and Nicky.
Are you in a dog-on-stage situation right now? How can we pray for you?