My friend Courtney gave me this awesome illustration the other day. But before I tell you what it is I want to give you an update on her little baby (she is the one that the Dr. found a neural tube defect on her little one)…the last ultrasound showed HUGE improvements! It now appears that her (it’s a girl! Harper Kate!) little brain has a cyst on the cerebellum. This is causing swelling and her ventricles are bigger than they want to see. So she still needs lots and lots of prayers but it is no longer a death sentence! God is beginning to work a miracle in little Harper Kate’s life! Thank you for the prayers!
Now on to the illustration…A man from church shared this story with her from his personal experience…
This father had to bring his 1 1/2 year old son to the hospital because he was very sick. The nurse was having a hard time getting an IV in the little boy’s hand and had to keep calling nurse after nurse to keep trying. The little boy was obviously in pain and he kept looking up at his daddy with the face that says “Daddy, why are you letting this happen to me?? It hurts! Make them stop!” The father was so upset watching his son go through this pain but he KNEW that the ultimate goal was in his son’s best interest. Because the little boy was only 1 1/2 the father could not explain to him in terms that the little boy could understand WHY this pain was for his own good. The father had the power to stop the pain but that would not have brought about the best end results.
We are just like that 1 1/2 year old!! We are experiencing pain in this life and as our Heavenly Daddy holds us we are asking Him, “Why God, Why this pain?? You can stop it at any point if you want to!!” But because we simply cannot understand the mind of God, He can’t explain to us why this pain is for our good and ultimately His glory. He cannot explain to us why He allowed certain things to happen in our lives. We simply would not be able to comprehend the big picture as He sees it. He hurts along with us but KNOWS that there is a bigger plan than what we can see.
Isn’t that neat? I really like looking at it that way…and as frustrating as it is, aren’t we glad that we can’t completely understand the ways of our Lord? If we could, then how would He be any greater than us?
Isaiah 55:9 “For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of the Lord, the Maker of all things.”