2011-09-01 / General Stories


We Just Don’t See Them Yet
(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

Sophie has been ill for a number of years. She’s now bed-bound and can’t move much on her own. She seems more confused by the day. She’s very talkative, but can’t always follow the conversation.

One day when I came to visit, Sophie’s room was dark and the curtains were drawn. A gentle breeze from a fan across the room circulated the musty air. The TV droned on in the corner. Sophie looked like she was asleep, resting peacefully. Then she suddenly opened her eyes, looked up at the ceiling, and said, “God has the answers. We just don’t see them yet.”


There are times when I don’t get what’s going on. Most times I don’t understand what God is doing. Many times I don’t know what to do. I wonder “Why?” a lot.

But perhaps my job isn’t to always know what’s coming next and to somehow be prepared for it. Maybe I don’t have to figure everything out. Sometimes my task is to simply trust. Someone much bigger and more powerful than I am has things under control.

“God has the answers. We just don’t see them yet.”

Was Sophie aware of what she was saying? Did she even know I was in the room? I don’t know. But I do know she’s right.

Whatever I will face, He can handle it.

Thanks Sophie.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice and is interim Minister at First Baptist Church in Lexington

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