Sunday, November 12, 2006

Update on Debbie: Her heart started beating on its own--but it has to get stronger before they will drop the pacemaker plans. Thank you all so much for your prayers!

When things like this happen, it's hard to understand God's plan. I know we've all been there. One of the most frequent questions Dad heard was, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" He answered with the story of a friend of his--way back in the days when God first called him into the ministry. This pastor was such a good man; so dedicated to preaching the Gospel. One night, he was driving home from church when he was hit by another car and killed. There are no easy answers for this--no pat words or formulas--and Dad didn't offer any. The only peace we have is to trust that God knows what He's doing. He has a greater plan than we can see.

And then there's the story of the young family who was driving home late one night from a wedding, only to be washed off the road in a flash flood. A young mother and her four little children drowned . . . only the young father survived. I heard him tell his story, and he is now telling it around the world. There was no bitterness or anger; only a quiet trust that seemed to radiate from his face . . . and I could see how God was glorified in the midst of such terrible tragedy.

I feel this way when I think of Debbie's situation. It seems so wrong that a 29 year old should be fighting to keep her life--it terrifies me. But I know that God has a plan, and He loves Debbie so much more than we do . . . and that's saying something. God will be glorified in this as He was and is in so many difficult situations.

I just have to trust Him.

"But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in Your hand." Ps 31:14-154


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