Nate Saint, a missionary pilot, flew the plane that helped Jim Elliot and three other missionaries reach the Waorani people. (Read more about the missionaries here.) After Nate’s death, his son Steve grew up in Ecuador and spent school vacations with his Aunt Rachel, who served God among the Waorani tribe. Later Steve also served as a missionary among the tribe.
A Flying Car
Steve started a company in the United States that invents machines to help people spread the gospel in hard-to-reach areas. One of the machines is a flying car! One day when Steve was testing one of the company’s machines, he had an accident that left him partly paralyzed. His condition has improved, but he still has physical challenges.
Christians and Pain
Steve has experienced sadness and pain in his life. His dad died about three weeks before his fifth birthday. Now Steve experiences physical pain from his accident. Jesus said that His followers would have challenges in their lives. “In this world you will have trouble,” He said. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (See John 16:33.) How should Christians deal with pain when it comes? Should they smile and pretend they have no pain? Should they blame God for their troubles?
Steve Saint told what he has learned through painful times in his life:
I have learned that life is painful for everyone. Trusting God to take away pain is admirable. But trusting God’s will and His love when He doesn’t take the pain away is yours and my greatest opportunity to demonstrate our faith.
How does Steve say we can best demonstrate faith?
Trusting God’s love when things aren’t going well is a powerful way to show others that God’s promises to care for us are real. Job in the Bible suffered through many trials, but still trusted God. (See Job 13:15.) David said: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV).
Steve Saint, Job, and David didn’t say, “Everything is fine!” Instead they say, “Even when everything is not fine, I know God is good and that He cares for me.