I don’t know why God allows us to struggle. I don’t know why He allows us to be consumed with cancer or lose our home in a fire or watch our child suffer in pain. I don’t know. Maybe it’s to draw us closer to Him, but maybe it’s also to draw us closer to others.
Only God, in His infinite wisdom, knows why He does, and allows, what He does. However, I know that through our struggles, He sometimes gives us the chance to witness to others. Sometimes, our struggles allow us to relate to and encourage others who are also struggling. When we place our trust in God, we have the opportunity to share our faith with those around us.
I became aware of a website started by a couple who lost their son to a rare neuro-developmental disorder. This family decided to share their struggles and heartache with those going through the same. They also shared the reason for the hope they have of seeing their son again.
If not for Jesus Christ, and our firm knowledge that Dylan would be and is now with Him, we would not have made it to today. We would not have our marriage, our family intact, our sanity, or our relative emotional well being. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Dylan is with Jesus, and fully restored to health, with no crying and no pain.
I can only imagine the overwhelming grief of losing a child, and only because of Christ would it be bearable. How incredibly hard it would be to watch your child deteriorate and suffer when there is nothing you can do to make them better. As a parent, you want to make each hurt go away, but sometimes, we’re not given that power. Sometimes, we must simply place them in God’s hands and know that He has a plan and a purpose.
As I think about this family and the struggles they have faced and continue to face, I pray for God’s peace and comfort in their lives. As I look at the pictures of their son and see his precious smile, I know that today he knows no struggles, no pain, and no disability. He is healthy, whole, and wrapped in the loving arms of his heavenly Father.
As you face your struggles in this life, know that God has His reasons. Let Him draw you closer to His side and use you to be a blessing to others.
Please take the time to check out this family’s website and pray for them. Pray also that they will be a blessing and an encouragement to the families who are also struggling with this disorder. Visit www.caring-4-krabbe-kids.com for their story!
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Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.