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Trusting God with the Unexpected

by | Apr 30, 2024

Life is so precarious.  You never know what is around the corner.  Just when things are going smoothly, something unexpected happens.  This can drive someone nuts trying to figure out what is going to happen tomorrow.  I am so glad I am not psychic.  I don’t want to know what things are going to trip me up in the future.  I would spend all my time worrying about what might happen.  I know that whatever happens, God is in control and will cover me.

When my son got sick it was so unexpected.  It was life altering for all of us as a family.  We have been so blessed with good health and never having a major crisis in our lives until then.  My son was on his deathbed and there was nothing I could do to help him except pray.  I am so amazed at how many people told me they were praying for him.  We had friends in Spain, France, California, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Connecticut, all praying for him.  I firmly believe it was the prayers of all these people that changed the itinerary for my son.  It was such a miracle.

For those who may not know, my son had liver failure.  He scored 39 out of 40 on the scale, with 40 being the worst that you can be.  I will never forget sitting with him as he planned out his funeral, on who would speak, who would carry his coffin- talk about a heart-breaker.  That night at home I received a call from my son who was crying hysterically, so hard he had difficulty talking.  I thought he was calling me to say goodbye.  I yelled at him, “Andrew what is wrong?” He choked out, “I got a liver!”  I remember screaming and yelling, crying, and praising God.  My son has a very rare blood type, A negative, and yet he got a liver over everyone in the country.  What a miracle and a change in the trajectory.  Thank God for faithful prayers of His people.  That is the only thing that saved him.

He got his liver on February 20, 2024.  A new life.  I told him we were going to change his birthday to that day.  The doctors were amazed at how quickly he bounced back.  I was not surprised.  When God answers prayer, He doesn’t do it halfway.  The son that we had prayed for so many years to follow Jesus had a total change in his life.  He is a Christ follower now, reads his Bible, and shares the Gospel with others.  What a complete transformation!  He knows he had a miracle and he is grateful.

I have prayed before the procedure and afterwards for the family that lost their child, first of all that whoever the organ donor was, that he or she was a Christian.  I would like to believe that they were.  What a sacrifice that family made.  I will be forever grateful.    

My husband and I were talking that if my son were to pass away tomorrow, which we hope doesn’t happen, but there is a peace now that we will see Him again.  He will live forever with the Lord.  He has had friends tell him they have used his story to encourage others.  I will never get tired of sharing how great the Lord is and what a miracle we have had.  Even if the Lord had not worked this miracle for us, He would still be great.  His ways are above our ways, His thoughts are above our thoughts.

He is the way maker when there doesn’t appear to be a way.  I don’t have to worry about what will happen in the future because He is already there making the way clear for His children.  It is such a wonderful relief, I just don’t know why everyone doesn’t become a Christ follower just to have that assurance that He is with us everywhere everyday.

My granddaughter told her dad the other day that she likes the way he is now better than he was before.  When the Lord changes your life it is certainly for the better.  Thank God for His mercies that are new EVERY day.

When I get frustrated waiting on the Lord, I remind myself that God is outside of time.  Examples of Hannah who prayed for a child and finally had one, Sarah who was very old waiting on her answer from the Lord, so many examples of people who had to wait and wait and wait before their answer came.  The Lord is not slack concerning His promises.  If He said He will do it, He will.  Not on our timeline but on His.  He makes everything beautiful in His time.  That is a promise you can bank on. 

I look at my son now, living for the Lord, so much easier to get along with, and so confident in His walk with Jesus, He made things so much better than I ever could and it is beautiful.  If you are getting in despair waiting on the Lord, hang on. He will make it beautiful in His time.

 

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