Our preacher today gave a sermon on Peace. Lots of points were made, but among them were that the promise of peace is NOT the promise of the absence of turbulence.
This reminds me of our journey. Many people ask how we remain positive, joyful even, throughout what has been a trying, frightening, and at times, discouraging trial. The only real answer I have is that God is seeing us through it. He isn’t delivering us from it but he’s allowing us to find peace within it.
Despite our continual hope, the medical prognosis for these boys hasn’t changed yet. There are doctors and websites that say everything the boys are doing so far is right on track for their diagnosis. And that the two years or less life expectancy is still the best guess.
But we are inexplicably at peace.
I believe the reason is that we know that with every difficult time we’ve had… The diagnosis. The ultrasounds. The MRIs. The seizures. The meetings with doctors telling us they will never walk, talk, or see their 3rd birthday…God has been here. He was here then. He was here today. And He will be here tomorrow. Whatever tomorrow brings.
And in that, I find peace.
And in peace, I find hope.
And in hope, I find joy.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Kim Vollmer said:
Thank you for so beautifully sharing this journey! Many lives have been profoundly affected by these boys. I am so thankful that God so wisely selected you and J to be their parents. Our family is praying faithfully for you all! You have truly blessed us with this blog, faithfulness in a perfect plan, and two precious boys who we have all fallen in love with!
Kathy Davis said:
Beautiful message Melody! I have felt God during very trying times, also, helping me through.
Debra Creech said:
Melody I believe you just presented your own sermon. No matter what God is in control. That’s our comfort.
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Janice Hamilton said:
I recently had a child ask me “If God is real then why would He allow all these bad things to happen? If He can create the world and make all those things then why doesn’t he just take sin and all the bad things away? If He really loved us He would just do that.” It broke my heart because I could see the child truly struggling with it. I hope to be able to explain to this child with words why, but it seems that the answer is found the easiest when I have been through the hard times, the hurts, the sicknesses, the trials. I see through those times how closely God is and can more easily understand why these things come to our lives. Through those times God uses our trials not only for ourselves, but also others through us, to see the power, the love, the miracles, the abundance of love. Just like Job, he doubles the blessings in the end. I am so happy for you that you are seeing that now. It is amazing the joy that we can have as God carries us through. I pray for continual blessings along your way. Love to you all.
Jo Lisa said:
I so appreciate that you share this with those of us who love you so much, but can’t be there in body… I am with you every day through thoughts and prayers.. You continue to amaze me and I am ever so proud of you!!