Do you really believe that God knows exactly what he is doing in your life?
I know that for the last week I have really struggled with that and if I truly believe that God knows what he is doing and where he is going with the plans that he has. However, a story about my neighbor that was recently highlighted in a note back home made me remember. God has a purpose and a plan even in the midst of confusion.
The day was a typical day for our neighbor and she even went visiting and spending time with others. She felt good and was doing well getting closer to the date she was planning on delivering their third child, Travis. However, after a stillbirth with their second child things were being done very carefully with this baby. He was a special gift to them thus far and it was very important that everything was monitored closely.
So it would be of no surprise that when she experienced back pains, nothing like labor pains she still felt a need to get checked out. So upon the sunrise, they packed their bags and went to the hospital for what would soon unfold to be a very special day, their new son, Travis' birthday. However it wasn't quite what they expected to happen they knew she had been having back pains but along with those pains the doctors said they would be taking the baby in approximately an hour. Things moved quite quickly and then without a hitch. However the true miracle was not only the thriving three pound baby boy that was doing so well, and in just a week has been doing everything on his own including breathing. But that the umbilical cord had a knot in it. If he had grown much larger, it would have pulled the knot tighter and could have been deadly.
There was silence in the potentially brewing storm and above all, Travis had a father in heaven looking down with love. We all have prayed over this little man's life and God continues to have a purpose in everything. The pain that was unexplained, the little things here and there- they add up and though we may not be able to see the surface explanation. There is a reason even in our greatest confusion.
As it says in Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It is our shield according to Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
We must live by faith, walk by faith, and pray with the faith that God continues to answer our prayers each and every day.