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Welcome to my Wednesday feature God is So Good. Here I will share stories - true and fiction, mine and others' - of the Lord's presence in the midst of trials, struggles, and difficulties.
Some things you just have to experience to "get," I'm convinced. One of my absolute BFFs (and the half-owner of my brain) has experienced one of those things - twice. When I first read this post a few years ago, I was amazed at my dear friend's strength in Him. When I remembered it again two days ago, I had the same feeling. And I asked her if I could share it here today. I pray it blesses you, and reminds you of God's presence in the disappointments, losses, and trials of this world.In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
Fourteen weeks after conception, and my precious baby was perfectly formed. Minuscule hands and feet, a face the size of a man's thumb print. A bittersweet miracle. I held him in the palm of my hand and wept for the years I would never have with this child. We named him Elijah because he was caught up early to be with the Lord.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother's womb.
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
and the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
A second miscarriage is not necessarily easier than the first one, it just means that you have an idea of how things will go, but only an idea. After my first one, I needed time to heal physically, but the second one sent me into a spiritual cave. God, in His mercy and grace, allowed me a few moments of holding those babies. They are imprinted on my heart, cherished. They also pointed me to the Creator and helped me see that my darkness was not dark to Him--the Holy One, my God and my Father. He shined into my darkness, and led me out of the cave one step at a time. I learned that grief without blackness is bearable, and the Light of God dispelled the blackness, helping me bear the grief. What a great and mighty God!
I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
wonderful are Your works,
and my soul knows it very well.
Read more about Elijah here.
Patty learned about blogs and blogging the hard way and now delights in teaching and helping others, sparing them that frustration so they can focus on what God has called them to do. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.
I learned that grief without blackness is bearable, and the Light of God dispelled the blackness, helping me bear the grief. WOW. God is so good!
Do you have a story you'd like to share about God's goodness in your struggles? Drop me an email and we can talk!
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