Today I received a card from a beautiful friend I met many years ago. We reconnected recently through Facebook and I shared with her about our son’s Autism diagnosis.
She too knows the sufferings a parent can experience. To conclude her message she wrote:
“Our second daughter was born at 24 weeks gestation and spent four months in the NICU there. She was given a 60 per cent chance of survival. It was a harrowing and confronting time. In our whole time there, I was too exhausted to pray, go to church, read my Bible. Only once did I hear God speak to me and it was this:
‘Have hope and wisdom to see this situation from my perspective.'”
I sighed as I put down her card. Yes, Lord… I need hope – desperately. And I need you to fill me with wisdom to see things – all things – from your perspective. That may not mean I understand it all perfectly. That may not mean things will get ‘better’ in my human understanding of things. But I can know the ‘God’s-eye view’ is different to mine. And only you can help me see it. Only you will help me deal with the inexplicable.
Lord, I’m sorry for letting my ‘earthly’ understanding of things take precedence. Help me to rest, and listen for your voice – your explanation of things. I trust that you’ve created each person and each situation for a purpose I don’t see right now. Weave me, and my family, into your wondrous tapestry. Use our broken but beautiful story for your glory.