Thank you, Chick-fil-A Paradise Valley!
What a hugely successful night we had at Chick-fil-A Paradise Valley praying for Davis and the Robinson family, being together with this sweet community, and eating lots and lots of chicken and waffle fries. It was a good night, but underlying it all, our hearts continue to ache in the reality that only half of the Robinson family could be there tonight. Davis’s little body continues to fight at home, his immune system so compromised that he was once again turned away from his chemo treatment this week. This process involves so much waiting. Waiting and lots of unknowns. And so we turn to God’s Word —
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The suffering this family endures is producing an eternal weight of glory to come. So like them, we must be joyful in hope and fervent in prayer. Because there is a point and a purpose.
“And the point is not that the afflictions merely precede the glory; they help produce the glory. There is a real causal connection between how we endure hardship now and how much we will be able to enjoy the glory of God in the ages to come. Not one moment of patient pain is wasted. I do not lose heart . . . for all my troubles are producing for me an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” -John Piper, Desiring God
May the reality of eternity be present on our hearts, and may we be so thankful tonight that we can pray and gather in a public restaurant with our people. We love Chick-fil-A and the people of Chick-fil-A Paradise Valley — you guys are a real gift. ❤️