LENT DAY 24

Faithful to the EndBy Steve Johnson

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

On January 10, 2010 my world was rocked with terrible news. It was a Sunday, and Carmen and I, already proud parents of an 18-month-old son, were expecting our 2nd child. Carmen was 12 weeks along in her pregnancy with everything going along as expected.

It was about lunch time on that Sunday and I was getting ready to head to the airport to visit our partners in Haiti. I was due to visit our project and just catch up on some relationships during a short trip. I was looking at my watch, judging when I should be leaving when Carmen came out of the bathroom, ghost white, and said to me: “I’m bleeding”.

The next few hours were a blur of rushing Carmen to the hospital, calling off my trip and hearing the devastating news that we should go home and wait for a miscarriage. It was one of the hardest times in our lives. We found ourselves questioning God. Why was this happening? Why to us? And Why just before an important trip to Haiti?

Have you ever been in that situation? Where things feel completely out of your control, and we KNOW God is completely in control, but we still question his sovereignty?

The next few days flew past in a daze of questions, but essentially just waiting for our child to miscarry. We finally got the answer to the question of “Why” on Tuesday January 12. It was the day of the earthquake that rocked Haiti, toppled thousands of buildings, killed tens of thousands and injured countless others.

It’s difficult to be “thankful” in the face of other people’s pain, and our hearts broke for all the families who lost loved ones in that disaster.  I don’t know why God chose to spare me, but Carmen and I, while heart-broken, were thankful I wasn’t there when the earthquake struck.

God is good and I trust him. We walked through those first few days of hearing about the potential miscarriage with uncertainty in our hearts but God was in control. And then Carmen went full term with our child, baffling professionals as they couldn’t explain it.  On August 12th Isabelle Grace was born.

Faithful to the end.

I don’t know what you are walking through today, or what challenges you face. You may be in a season of “Why me?” right now, but BE ENCOURAGED by His faithfulness. How do we build on our faith in order to face the hardships that come our way? We get into His Word (the Bible) and spend time with his people (the Church).

 

 
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