Sure Foundation


Wow. That’s all I have, after watching the Chapman family on Larry King Live. I’ll try not to give too much away so as not to spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet (I won’t be offended if you leave the blog right now, but come back after you’ve watched the program).

Unlike the Good Morning America appearance, this one seemed less edited and less rushed. They were honest, vulnerable, humble and their faith was at the forefront of everything they said. Not that they did not “represent” on GMA, but I’m fairly certain that much of that interview hit the cutting room floor.

As devastating as my mother’s homegoing was to me earlier on this year, I can only imagine how much more so it has to be, when it’s your child, especially given the circumstances around which little Maria Sue died. Tonight’s interview touched my heart and I wept unabashedly. What an amazing family and a shining example of God’s grace! One of the many things that impressed me was something Mary Beth (Mrs.) Chapman said towards the end. She was asked if she ever doubted her faith during this time. Her answer was that (I’m paraphrasing here) it felt like the bottom was let out of their lives and that even though they may have fallen every way but feet first, one thing she knows is that the foundation (on which they landed) was sure. As she said this, a picture came to my mind. Imagine having the floor give way under you in your house. You’d fall though to the foundation, and if that foundation was cracked or shaky, it would not break your fall and you’d keep falling until you hit something that did. The time to build a sure foundation is not in the moment when you’re falling, but sometime before then.

It never ceases to amaze me how God is able to take the ashes of tragedy, pain and devastation in our lives and make something beautiful out of them. Each one of us has a story of grace to tell (some more dramatic than others), but that “beauty from ashes” is only revealed when we hold on, during those times of despair, to everything we profess to believe during the happy times. In a somewhat convoluted way, it’s a honor when God believes in our ability to go through the fire enough to permit it to happen to us. Not for cruel or sadistic reasons, but simply because we live in a flawed, fallen world where certain things happen that defy logic or explanation, even to God’s own children. He trusts us to push through and glorify Him in crisis – He believes in us more than we believe in ourselves!

After one of the segments, as Larry King cut to commercial, the last thing I saw before the picture changed on the TV was Larry mouthing the word “WOW!” as he looked down at his notes. I think that says it all about the witness of the Chapman family. Yeah…’nuff said!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teresa
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 11:00:00

    Yes, I agree with you Sola! It was a beautiful thing to behold-their Grace under fire. It seemed to me that Mr King did his best to try to get them to say they were angry with God, or angry at their son (Will), he even mis-pronounced Maria Sue’s name (more than once!). They returned nothing but love in their answers to his questions. Jesus just shone through!-all of them! God Bless them all-I pray the world was watching, and Thank God -who knows how many hearts they touched with their witness last night? Only The One.


  2. solathompson
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 20:30:03

    They planted, someone else will water, and God will give the increase. Go Chapmans!


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