We prayed for a miracle...
Over the past few months, our older daughter Jennie, pregnant with her second child, has had some health issues. The ultrasounds also showed concerns for the baby’s health and development. We have had amazing friends rally and pray. The birth was scheduled and the NICU team ready to whisk the newborn off to care for him, BUT it wasn’t needed. Baby Asher, whose name means happy and blessed, surprised everyone and was born just over six pounds, with good health scores.
In considering the miracle of health for Asher, believing prayer changes things, and miracles do happen, I know sometimes they don’t happen. Earlier this year, I prayed, believing Aunt Ruth would be healed, but she wasn’t. Like too many people close to me, she also died of cancer. So what do I believe in? It can’t be just an outcome. Would God be less good if Asher wasn’t healthy? I believe God has good intentions toward us. I don’t know why some people are healed and some aren’t. I don’t know why some prayers get answered and some seem to go unanswered. It is a mystery. I am choosing to embrace the mystery held by the goodness of God.
I see the goodness of God reflected in Jennie as she cried and said, “I was prepared to have and love Asher as a special needs baby.”
I see the goodness of God as our other daughter Merri stepped in for a night shift to care for and nurse Asher when Jennie was worn out and didn’t have enough milk.
I see the goodness of God as my husband runs errands to serve people every day.
I see the goodness of God in people who pray, listen, make meals…
“…you have received the Spirit of full acceptance,
enfolding you into the family of God.
And you will never feel orphaned,
for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying
the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!”
For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us
as he whispers into our innermost being,
“You are God’s beloved child!”
Romans 8:15-16 TPT
I experience God’s goodness and presence in the midst of unanswered questions as I surrender, getting quiet enough to hear the still small voice of the Spirit speaking to my heart… often beyond words.
“For we did not receive the spirit of this world system
but the Spirit of God,
so that we might come to understand and experience
all that grace has lavished upon us.”
1 Corinthians 2:12 TPT
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