Memorial Service for Robert Huizenga
Even if we're Christians, life involves some enormous contradictions. Doesn't it? We pray for one thing, and the opposite seems to happen. We claim Romans 8:28, that "all things work together for good," and then it seems at times everything falls apart. We believe God cares, and then we get into one of those situations where it seems like he has forgotten about us.
Commencement trades places with a funeral. A life so full of promise abruptly ends in tragedy. There are enormous contradictions in life. And when that happens, we are faced with perhaps the biggest choice we ever have to face in life: How are you going to handle it?
You can become angry—angry at life, angry at people who cross over the center line, angry at God. Or you can become cynical and mumble something about the fact that life doesn't make any sense anyway, so why even try? Or you can say, "Now I see it's the kind of a world where you can't live without faith." I want to talk to you about living with faith in that kind of world.
I'd like you to turn in your Bibles to Luke 8:22-25, because one day Jesus was in just that kind of a situation with his disciples. "One day Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let's go over to the other side of the lake.' So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Master, Master, we're going to drown!' He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 'Where is your faith?' he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, 'Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.'" ...