Thursday, May 8, 2008
Rob and I had a difficult night last night. Some people we know lost their two-year-old toddler while he was sleeping yesterday. Our hearts just ache for them. As Rob and I prayed for them last night, I couldn't help but put myself in the mother's position. As parents, we try to protect our children from anything and everything, bringing them up the very best we can. I can't tell you how many times I've picked things off the floor praying that I didn't miss anything so my crawling 10-month-old doesn't choke on something. I worry about being in parking lots with my two-year-old, holding her hand ever so tightly. We do the best we can and yet we still doubt ourselves.
This morning, I turned on Spirit FM (the local Christian radio station that we listen to) and the first song that I heard was "Praise You In This Storm". I found the song on YouTube and as I watched, I was reminded again that I am not in control of my life. Sometimes, we go through our day-to-day routines and we cling to our to-do lists, calendars and daily planners. We make plans and forget that those plans could change at any given moment. Why? Because our Heavenly Father is the one in control.
I know there was a purpose for this trajic event to happen. We often forget that the loving, merciful God we serve is also a selfish God and He will do whatever it takes to bring us closer to Him.
Whenever I am going through trials, I often read in James and journal about the
trial(s) I am going through. Then, when I turn to James again when going through another trial, I am reminded of how my God answered and got me through the last trial, giving me strength for what He has in store for me next. Isn't our God good?
Hug your children extra hard today and tell them you love them over and over!