Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Even though I firmly believe that God doesn't cause bad things to happen, I do know that He uses every circumstance for His glory and to teach us how to love more.

Over this past week, God taught me some things and gave me a little more insight into His heart. And even though I would never wish for Grace to be sick so that I could learn a lesson, I am grateful for the things that our precious Lord continues to impress upon my heart as a result of Grace's illness:

-God reminded me that people are far and away the most important part of His creation. David and I have been entrusted with some amazing little people. I don't ever want to take that for granted.

-There are lots of things that don't go the way that we'd like in this life. Most of these things are trivial, but I can make them much bigger in my mind. In the light of TRULY important things, those trivial concerns fade to their proper perspective.

 -It is a beautiful thing when your child can sleep safely and peacefully.Unfortunately, there are many parents in this world who have to worry about their children (their health, their safety, whether or not they will have enough food, etc.) every single day.

-Siblings are an amazing gift...especially those who will pray for you when you can hardly move and who will gladly play My Little Pony with you when you're feeling better. 

-Jesus is always near. Our friend, Kirk, came to the hospital to pray for Grace on Saturday night. As Grace lay sleeping, we both sensed His gentle presence. I still sense His presence. Our God is tender and kind.

-Knowing that people truly care and are praying with their whole hearts is a precious gift.

-Knowing that your youngest son is safely in a friend's care while you're in the hospital is also a gift, never to be taken for granted.

-Jesus is the ultimate healer. I am so very, very grateful for the doctors and nurses at the hospital, but they still don't really know what was wrong with our little girl. Jesus knows, and Jesus healed her.

Thank You, Father, for the perspective that You give, especially in difficult circumstances. Thank You that You are always near. You never leave us to fend for ourselves. Thank you for Your gentle kindness. Thank You for your incredible example of love.


No Greater Love said...

I am so glad Grace is getting better! That was a definite scare...and isn't God amazing to work good out of the bad. You're so right, He doesn't make the bad happen to teach us something...but in His goodness He does speak, even through really yucky situations. I am thankful He's speaking to you.....and revealing even more of His heart to you, through this. :)

Give Grace a big kiss from us....and tell Jadie he's my cleaning boy!!!!! :)

Cheri said...

What a sweet post and oh, so true. Thanks for sharing and I am so glad your daughter is doing better.

Kristen said...

Sarah, this is beautiful! It made me cry! But it is so, so true. I am so thankful that sweet Grace is feeling better and that God provided for you throughout this ordeal. I feel like I just *really* had this sink in as well- that God doesn't cause the bad but He makes the good that comes out of it SO MUCH GREATER than any evil the enemy planned. Hugs and kisses to you and your family!

Heidi said...

Hi Sarah, I've been praying for you guys . . . hospitals are no fun for parents or kids. I am so glad you guys are back into the regular routine. Stuff like this makes us appreciate the everyday experiences of our life so much more. Just being able to sleep in one's own bed is such a blessing.

Much love,


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