GOD’S PRESENCE IN TIMES OF PAIN: TIM’S STORY
By Paul Riddle
In early 2012, Belinda Curtis was diagnosed with a brain tumor; it was found that she had a highly aggressive form of cancer, and that her prognosis was poor. Within a few weeks she had lost her ability to walk. Despite the best interventions modern medicine had to offer, her condition steadily worsened, and in less than two years she was dead.
In a remarkable nine-minute video that can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/89197196, Belinda’s husband, Tim, minister of the Church of Christ in Georgetown, TX, tells her story and shares his reflections on how her illness and death affected him. What came through for me in Tim’s story was his and Belinda’s abiding faith in God, and their sense of God’s being present with them and walking with them through this ordeal.
Tim does not deny or minimize the sadness of Belinda’s decline and death, but for me his story is ultimately one of hope. Speaking of his sense of God’s presence, he says, “I think God is most present when we’re hurting and when we’re grieving… That’s when he is most with us… We don’t always feel it, but looking back, we will.” In the “desert” time of Belinda’s illness and the aftermath of her death, Tim experienced God in a new way. He discovered that God had not abandoned him but had come alongside him to walk with him through the desert, and that he would not be in the desert forever. Tim’s story strengthened my faith, and I hope it will do the same for yours.