sickness and healing

Friday, March 4, 2011

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

Our good Father just loves to teach us how to love.  He loves to show us how to be more like His Beautiful Son.  And He'll use any means possible in order to accomplish His loving purposes in us.

When our sweet Jadon had his palate closed 7 1/2 years ago, I began to really see how God could use sickness and pain for His glory.  Holding my precious boy after his surgery, I looked deep into his eyes, and experienced a love for him that I had not experienced up until that time.

It is true that love is not just an emotion, but often our emotions are an indication of something that is already there.  I felt an overwhelming love for Jadon in that moment and the reality of that moment has informed ever moment thereafter.  I was becoming attached to my son in a way that had, up until that time, eluded me.  And my son knew it.  He could feel it.  And that little boy (now nine years old) has the sweetest attachment to his mama and daddy.  He is all hugs and "I love you's" and "You're the best mama in the whole world" every single day.  He's just so full of love.

I have another child who has struggled more with attachment.  This child endured a lot in her young life.  She truly is amazing and has matured so much in the past year. God is healing her heart!  But, this precious child still struggles to say "I love you" and to accept hugs and to accept correction.  She still struggles to fully trust us.
But, last week our little sweetheart was sick.  And she climbed in bed with me and sat down right next to me on the couch and hugged me and just plain wanted to be with me.  She wanted my comfort.

It was glorious.

And even though I do not believe that God wanted my precious child to be sick, I do believe that He allowed it and that he used her illness for greater healing.

He is so concerned with our hearts.
He is so concerned about our relationships with one another.
And he'll use any means possible to mold us more into the image of His Beautiful Son.

He causes all things to work together for good.

sickness and healing
Thank you, Father, for this beautiful gift of healing.
May your healing continue to grow in my precious, precious child.

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Naomi said...

What a beautiful thought. How true this is!!

Thank you for sharing,

love Naomi

Gwen said...

Even though nobody wants their kids to be sick, it is nice to have some snuggly, special time with them when they are.
A beautiful post.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh I am in tears, because I understand exactly what you are talking about. It took Emma 2 1/2 years to trust me and begin to love me. Our relationship was so strained and it was so tireless to love her and love her and love her and for her to push me away every time. It was a long journey. Thank goodness our Father loves us with an unconditional love, thank goodness He never leaves us nor forsakes us. I'm so happy for you my friend...big hugs and I will continue to pray.

Kathleen T. Jaeger said...

What a beautiful story & illustration of the Romans 8:28 principle.

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