My childhood friend recieved very troubling news today. Her son has potentialy serious health problems about which the doctors are not sure. This very same child (now an adult) has been the recipient, with his family, of several previous health related miracles. How should a parent react to such a shock?!
Having been there myself with each of my sons, I can identify and feel the pain for my friend and her family. The question is, how do we pray in these circumstances? A parent's instinct is to immediately pray for healing or a miracle. I am thankful when tragedy struck my life I had been attending a Bible study where we had discussed this very subject only a week or two prior to my son's accident. Another mother who had been "through the fire" had made the comment, "You have to let God's will be done and be okay with it." That is truely trusting God. BUT...that is the most difficult thing a parent can do. We are supposed to take care of our children. Remember....it's your child laying there on the road or the hospital bed. How does a parent do that?
My own experience was that I remembered that conversation in my Bible group and when the ambulance stopped to allow the EMTs to get an IV started I prayed. "God, he is in your hands and your will be done. I shall be accepting, with your help, of the outcome." The words to the old Hymn, "Peace Like A River", doesn't begin to describe the feeling that flooded my soul. It was knowing that all was well. I had no idea how it would happen but I knew my son was going to be fine.
Now the doctors were saying just the oposite in the emergency room and later in ICU. They were telling me he may not make it through the night. My only thought was, "You don't know what I know."
I shall write later about my other son's miracle. In the mean time please pray for my friend Pam and her son, Matthew and their family. Here is the Bible verse I posted on her blog:
Everything in the heavens and earth are yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the Ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might and it is at your discretion that me are made great and given strength. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 TLB
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