It has been quite a winter around here, and I'm so glad to finally see signs of spring. Did your family succumb to the flu this year? Everybody in my house got it. Ugg. My husband and I got over it in a normal amount of time, but my 8-year-old son did not. He had a really hard time with it, to say the least. Mystery complications, numerous doctor's visits, nearly a dozen different tests, adverse reactions to medicines. For about three weeks, we prayed every morning he'd be better, and went to bed each night still without any resolution. Meanwhile, every news report was talking about people who had died from the flu and its complications. I confess there were times when my faith was shaken, when I honestly wondered if we were going to be one of those statistics.
It's times like these when we really get to see what we are putting our faith in. For me, it was a very uncomfortable reflection. Was I putting my faith in doctors? Was I trusting the news media? Or was I trusting that my God is a Good, Good Father -- all the time, no matter what I see? Maybe the nights I cried myself to sleep over my son's health were evidence that my faith wasn't as strong as I'd hoped.
But somewhere along the way in this trial, the Lord reminded me of one of my life verses:
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Over and over through those weeks of uncertainty and fear, I kept repeating this verse, and adding to the end: "Even this." All things work together for good to those who love God... EVEN THIS! Some days I probably said it hundred times. But it got me through.
No matter how dark it looks my friends, God is faithful. And no matter how dark it looks, all things work together for good to those who love God... Even this!
My son is better now -- finally! Thank you to so many who were praying for us. And already I can see some good things God brought out of it, things that I never would have imagined. God's ways are not our ways, His ways are higher than mine, His thoughts higher than mine...but His plans for us are good.
What is your "Even this" situation right now? Keep claiming Romans 8:28 and keep believing.