Simple Faith

Pam and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries in the Philippines when she found out that she was pregnant. During the pregnancy, she contracted amoebic dysentery and became so sick that she was for a time in a coma. The drugs that were used to bring her out of a coma and to treat the dysentery were so powerful that they caused a placental abruption, a serious condition that causes developmental problems for the fetus and terminates many pregnancies. It can also be fatal to the mothers. After recovering from the dysentery, Pam’s doctors strongly urged her to have an abortion. Pam refused the abortion and trusted her baby to God. She gave birth to a normal, healthy, bouncing baby boy. Well, maybe not normal. Her son is Tim Tebow, probably the most physically dominating college quarterback the game has ever seen.

Having the abortion made sense to the doctors. They were playing the percentages and hedging their bets. Why carry a baby to term and even risk the life of the mother is you can just abort the fetus and start all over? For Pam and Bob Tebow, it wasn’t about percentages—it was about life and about God. Pam and her son Tim are scheduled to do a commercial during the Super Bowl to discuss her choice.

Faith doesn't make sense to the world. The world operates on the dual principles of science (what I see) and moral relativism (what I want). Faith drives us beyond either of those.
Sometimes faith is simply the decision to trust that God is there and will ultimately work in all things to bless those who trust Him… even when we can’t possibly understand how. That was the decision Pam Tebow made in bringing her baby to term. That is the decision that many believers are making in Haiti today in the face of unbelievably horrific suffering.

Some would see that kind of faith as childish. Maybe Jesus would agree! In our reading for today from Matthew 11:25-26, Jesus says

I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

The most learned and wise in the Jewish community rejected Jesus and opposed his work. It was the simple who came to Him and were healed by Him. Sometimes faith is pretty simplistic—we decide that we will believe that God “exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb 11:6). And we live that way, trusting God to make a difference in this life and the next.