If you could lend me your ear for a few moments, I would like to write a post that I would consider personal. As I browse through my newsfeed, I am confronted with the overwhelming sight of a world of hurt. It seems lately that there have been a lot of stories on families losing their children the day they are born or soon after. My heart is heavy. I feel like I'm constantly at battle with my emotions. My heart is filled with sadness, grief, anger, and the urge to be in prayer for those families. At moments, I don't understand what God's plan is with all of this. Why give someone such a beautiful gift and then take it away in a moment. It all seems so unfair.
But, then my God comforts me by saying, "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. " (John 16 :33b) He is good. He shows us His mercies every single day without us even realizing it. His plans are so much greater than what our finite minds can even comprehend. "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." HOPE. Hope throughout all of the sorrow and pain. We can trust that whatever our God allows to happen to us, He is in control. It's to bring glory to His name! To bring the lost unto Him. And to remind those who know Him but are forgetting His face, that He is Jehovah-jireh. He is our provider. He provides our joy, peace, comfort, wisdom etc.
Because of the loss of these children, I am a reminded of what great blessing we received when God gave us Hannah. He knew when she would take her very first breath, yet we took it for granted. Sometimes I get frustrated with her, especially at 1:00 in the morning when sleeps seems to be but a memory. But then I realize that there are so many families who would love for their little baby to be keeping them up at night. To hear their cries for some comfort from mama and daddy. Our God knew us before we were even in our mothers womb (Jeremiah 1:5) He knew we would question His plans, He's big enough to handle that ;) In this life, we will see heartache and struggles, BUT take heart! He has over come the world!