Some of you may remember a post I did from almost exactly two years ago about Zac Smith’s battle with cancer. If not, please go watch that video first before reading further. Go on, I’ll wait. Really, go watch it, then come back and finish reading this.
Thanks. Sorry I don’t have any tissues for you, but now you know the back story and are ready to hear the rest of the story. Today at Lifepointe Christian Church we played Zac’s video at the beginning of service. Everyone who didn’t know the story, was hopeful that the rest of the story would have a “happy” ending with Zac being miraculously healed. In our minds we created the scenario: the cancer is gone and Zac and his wife Mandy are walking off into the sunset arm in arm prepared for the rest of their life together with their kids chasing each other in blissful circles around them. But happy endings depend on your point of view, as we found out later in the service when a second video was shared featuring Zac’s wife Mandy after Zac’s death.
Wow, what amazing faith Mandy shared! After losing Zac to cancer, after losing the companionship of her husband, after losing the father of her children, after losing the hopes and dreams of a long life together, she is able to call this a “happy” ending. Zac received his miraculous healing and is now in heaven. That’s a powerful message by itself, but Zac was not finished inspiring others and leaving a legacy that has the power to outlive all of us. His video below is an open letter written to his 17-year-old self.
None of us knows what the future holds for us. What we do know is that none of us will get out of this life alive. I’m sure that if they had been given the opportunity Zac and his family would have chosen a different outcome, but their example to us through what did happen was this: “I believe that God can perform a miracle, and I believe that God will perform a miracle, BUT EVEN IF HE DOESN’T I will still trust in Him and give Him the glory!”
In the grand scale of time and eternity we are here on earth for just a brief second. We have a limited time to love, to laugh, and to impact other’s eternities. Life is precious, so please don’t waste a second of it, and don’t miss an opportunity to let your loved ones know how you feel.
So… to my wife Lisa, I can’t begin to express how much you mean to me and how you impact my life daily through your love and your compassion for me, our children, and others. And to my children, Brooke, Hannah, and Wes, thank you for being daily reminders of God’s creative love…for keeping me young, and for showing me the daily joy of innocence and awe. I pray for all of you that no matter what craziness life brings in the future, and no matter how confusing or how hard it is to understand why, you will always remember that God is still God, and God is still Good.