In all of this I wonder why? The strangest thing is that the answers to the why continue to come straight from those faithful parents. Here are a few verses that they have used as their prayer rocks in this difficult time:
- “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT
· “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 NLT
- “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9 NLT
Amongst all these comforting verses, these parents are hurting, but their faith seems unshakable. While I know, there are many quiet moments of tears and wishing things were different; this is what they choose to share with the world. This is their testimony to God. The answer to all the why questions are for God’s purpose and plans, and refuge is only found in Him. When I get to heaven, I often think I want to walk the streets of gold and ask Jesus all the things I’ve always wanted to know. For now, I am going to stand in amazement at how God is showing himself through these faithful servants. This time and circumstance is painful beyond what I can imagine. There are no words to describe the angst this family is feeling. I am hopeful because the Lord hears all, and knows all. Isaiah 40:31 confirms the gift of hope:
“31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I have hope in the Lord, that he is meeting their needs, not their wants but their needs, and they will “not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” I believe that in their example, they are planting the seeds for the salvation of many.
As the Christmas season approaches so many of us will be preparing for family meals and parties. We will be so busy with life and celebrating the season that we will find ourselves reflecting less of God and more of the world. After watching this family struggle and praying for them daily, I want to be better this year. I want my CHRISTmas season and every season to be more about reflecting God. This family has touched my heart, as a sister in Christ my heart aches for them. I find myself asking, how do I show God in my life? When I react to the situations of life and the CHRISTmas season, am I acting the way God truly wants me to? Am I showing his love, mercy, and grace? I don’t know, but I am determined to be more conscious about it.
Today, in conclusion, I ask that you please life this family up in your prayers. Let us bombard the Lord with prayers of love, let’s cry out this CHRISTmas season, with prayers of love for God, love for one another, and let’s make our lives reflect God everyday.
This is my mindset, now I want to hear yours!