We’ve all been there, or maybe you are there right this minute. It is so hard to understand, as a Christian, I know that God can move any mountain that needs to be moved. At the sound of his voice, the roaring seas are commanded. So, when we move heaven and earth with our prayers and then don’t get what we knew would happen, what do we do?
We remain faithful…we keep on keeping on. We remember His word that says God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. That is where this story begins…last fall I sat across from my dear friend as we started a bible study together. We shared our hearts over queso and chips, she said she felt that God was calling her to adopt. We prayed and studied together over many weeks following that conversation, and God made a way. He opened closed doors, her family shared in the same calling, God put her in the path of faithful people who encouraged her and so the time came. The process was officially in place, all of the details were met, next step, the match was made. JOY! INDESCRIBABLE JOY!
I remember the call like it was yesterday, God was moving everything for her and her family. We were all so excited. The months seemed to drag on, and then finally…the day came! Actually, it was one week ago today. The baby boy was to be born, we could hardly contain our excitement, my family was so blessed to share in the joy with them. God was meeting them at every corner…we were in awe to watch Him. In her own words, the baby came out and she listened for his beautiful cry but it never came. What, excuse me…this is our miracle. Over the course of last week, this sweet boy was given every opportunity to heal medically and/or supernaturally. Their were people praying all over this state and a good portion of our country for that matter. We waited expectantly, knowing God had made a way for the last 6 months or so and that this time would be no different. However, in his 5th day of life, he was made whole. The hard part to understand is that he was made whole in Jesus’ arms, not my sweet friends.
So, here we are today. My precious friends are celebrating their anniversary and planning a funeral for their newborn baby boy. It is so hard to understand, but we are not supposed to always understand. We must remember that God is in control of our lives, in the good and the bad. And if we want to receive the good we must be willing to also receive the bad, the hard, the impossible too.
Today, as I tried to collect my thoughts to put the story in words, the story of Job kept bouncing around in my mind. Maybe it was because someone said something to me this weekend that I can’t get out of my head. While this story holds unimaginable pain, someone said that maybe this happened to them because they can handle it, they can handle the pain and still hold unswervingly to God. Just as Job was given every piece of bad news imaginable, had terrible council from his “so-called Godly friends”, he still remained steadfast to God and believed in Him. That is what my sweet friends are doing, they are trusting in God’s plan even when they can’t see at all.
The joy that comes with their story is that God will make something beautiful out of this unthinkable pain. Their relationship and family will only grow and flourish because they have unsinkable faith. And although their sweet baby boy only lived for 5 days, his life is making a difference and will continue to do so all of the days of our lives. We may not see it, we may see it; God knows those details. I know he has changed my life for the better, the faith of my friends speaks to my soul. My petty problems that I thought I was facing, mean nothing. I can hardly remember them, all my focus has been on this sweet family and seeing to it that God is made famous through this hardship.
The last chapter of Job says things like this, …the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. and. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. and. He had seven sons and three daughters…
We don’t know what the future holds for any of us, especially our sweet friends. What we do know is who holds it, we just have to trust Him. Walk faithfully even when we can not see…
I have started a go fund me page for our friends, I would like to see that they don’t have to pay one bill associated with medical care, extra expenses, or any and every bill we can imagine. I hope you will prayerfully consider giving to it and also sharing their story with your friends and family. We can magnify God and share hope, there is something you can do for them….