On Tuesday, the nineteen year old case of Adam Walsh finally had closure. Adam’s father, John Walsh is the host of “America’s Most Wanted”, and the man who started the show in response to his own grief and journey in losing his son. Now, nineteen years later, after helping bring so many criminals to justice, his journey has come full circle.
The story got me thinking…
I cannot imagine waiting nineteen years to find the truth about my son’s killer, and it doing anything short of paralyzing me with pain, anger, and fear.
Living in a fallen world, many of us have, are, or will experience tremendous loss in our lifetime. Thankfully, the depth and magnitude of Walsh’s loss seems to be unique. But the effect of sin, whether it be our own, or as the recipient of another, has a tremendous effect on our lives.
Words cannot express the respect I have for a man who can look beyond his own grief, and rather than be defined or paralyzed, be motivated to aggressively combat the issue. If Walsh had done what so many of us do…withdraw, retreat, or freeze, no one would benefited from the crusade he launched in the name of justice.
In 2 Samuel 12 we see the story of David and Bathsheba, as they are losing the baby conceived during their adultrous act.
David weeps, and fasts, and begs God to spare the child, but God does not grant his request. When David hears that the baby has died, he gets up, cleans himself, changes his clothes, has a meal, and goes in to love on his wife.
David accepted the sovereignty of God, and chose to focus on what was left, rather than what was lost.
David believed the truths represented in Isaiah 43:18-19
Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
My hope is that whatever you face, have faced, or are facing does not define, or paralyze you.
My hope is that it motivates you to place your faith so deeply in God, that it not only creates a road in your wilderness and a river in your desert, but that it is used by God to do a new thing in the lives around you.
I do not know John Walsh. But I know the God of the Bible. He is in the business of redeeming our pain for His purpose, and of taking our desert and making it an oasis.