This past Monday I was privileged to attend an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the disappearance of Candace Derksen. I have been in the same circles with her parents for several years. Three years ago I became involved with The Ministry of Listening. Since then I have become closer to the Derksen family.
One of the people at the gathering quoted this verse:
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor 12:9, NIV
We did a sharing circle where each person shared how they were part of the story. There were many different people there. Some knew Candace and were involved in supporting the Derksen’s through Candace’s murder. Others have become part of their lives more recently. Everyone had a story to tell.
It was abundantly clear was that there was a lot of pain in the room. Many tears were shed. Yet it was also clear that God’s grace had shone through. I am sure it didn’t always seem like it at the time but with the benefit of 25 years of hindsight, it is clear that God has and continues to weave a powerful story.
I couldn’t help but think of my own life. The Derksen’s were part of helping me get through a time when I had trouble believing God would intervene in my life. The timing of the event was perfect. The next day I had a major stressor removed from my life. That very day the physical symptoms I have been struggling with, the major fatigue to the point of dizziness, have almost disappeared. And when I realized that looking back in hindsight, God has brought me through the past several years. I am grateful that the verse was mentioned because I realized that God’s grace had been sufficient for me all along.