We had small kids at the time, only three. Tara and I started our customary evening stroll around the yard when an owl make a weak attempt to swoop down and scare us. Tara wanted to go back inside. I said, “Owls don’t hunt people. How many times have you seen an owl carrying around a human in their talons? Now come on, lets walk.” Additional resistance spurred more false teaching from me since I just wanted to walk. Finally she agreed, so I threw in a final poke. “But if they do attack, whatever you do, don’t run, because that makes them frenzied and they attack more.”
The moment I finished saying that, it felt like someone swung a full loaf of bread as hard as they could and smashed the back of my head. My neck hunkered down and my hand grabbed the spot that was hit, and I felt wetness. The owl’s razor sharp talons punctured me. I ran back toward the house but Tara was frozen, remembering my earlier teachings. She said, “Don’t run, they might attack more.” She eventually came to her senses and ran in too.
The story didn’t end well for the owl and it’s family. For us it did. I learned how much my wife depends on me for truth. She even believes me even when I am full of BS about owls. Some would call that gullible but I, well I would call it that too.
We tell each other that things will be okay. We really feel that way right now. But we haven’t always. At times, we suspected we would not make it. Both of these are based on how we feel or think. But real truth is not based on what we feel or think. Real truth is simply what is. And it is verified by the experiences of life. We know that cancer is hard. That is true. We know that people can make it through difficult times. That is true. We know that God will give us joy in the midst of trials. That is true. We know that God will sustain us with his word, the scriptures. That is true. We know that God answers the fervent prayers of a broken hearted family. That is true.
So as we see God’s promises fulfilled more and more, we gain confidence that He is the truth. And we can have confidence that the rest of his promises are true. Easier said than done. But we’ll keep trying.