Friday, May 05, 2006

It's All Right

A lot has happened since I last wrote. Rob and Bea lost their baby just a couple of weeks after I wrote about true love. We all felt the blow of disappointment and loss. We asked ourselves, why do these things happen?

I don't know.

What I do know is that baby had a purpose and it was accomplished in just 9 weeks of gestation.

Life throws a lot of curves at us. Some are a nuisance and some are devestating. What do we do with these life interruptions? Some of us "faith it out" and refuse to acknowledge the problem or admit we hurt. To ask God "why?" may seem disrespectful. Like we don't trust him. But is it wrong to ask why? I don't think so.

Let's look at the Shunammite woman in II Kings 4:8. She added a room to her house for the prophet Elisha to stay in while he was in town. He appreciated it so much that he told her she would have a son.

Well, in those days, that was the number one priority for a woman, to give her husband sons. But she was childless and her husband was old. So instead of rejoicing she rebuked Elisha by essentially saying, "Don't raise my hopes." But a year later she had a son.

The child grew and one day while with his father in the fields he complained of a head ache. The father sent him to his mother and the boy died in his mother's arms.

Think about that for a minute. The pain of that experience is incomprehensible to me.

She took her son and laid him on the prophet's bed and called to her husband to send a servant and a donkey because she was going to see the prophet. He asked why? Her response is one of faith. She said:

It's all right. She told Elisha's servant the same thing and Elisha the same thing. But, as soon as she slid off the donkey, she fell to the ground and violently grabbed Elisha's feet sobbing and asking, "Why?"

Did she lose her faith? No. But she had lost a child. And that pain had to be recognized. She was human, a mother, and she cried. She had questions.

Elisha went with her to the house and prayed over her son twice. The boy came to life and was restored to her. In the end it was just as she said, "Everything is all right. However, even if the child had gone on to heaven, like our little baby, we can have peace in knowing he or she is safe with our loving Heavenly Father and Heaven grows sweeter for us because we know that he or she is waiting there for us.

Now I have good news. Rob and Bea are expecting again. This baby is due the first of December. They have seen and heard our new baby's heartbeat and the doctor says it is strong and healthy.

When the Shunammite woman received her son back, she fell at Elisha's feet again, bowing, and giving thanks.

We are at our Heavenly Father's feet, thankful for our new baby.


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Mark Daniels said...

A wonderful meditation on the incomprehensibility of tragedy and the goodness of God, Linda.