Our sovereign and all-knowing God sometimes allows circumstances that we presently, or never, understand. You may be wondering what I am trying to get at. Our family was given the news this evening that some dear, dear friends of ours have lost their precious daughter Olivia just a few short weeks from delivery, while still in the womb. I am asking that everyone would please keep the Miller family in prayer during this extremely difficult time. They also have 5 other children who also need our prayers.
Sometimes it seems easy to read passages in scripture that talk about the Lord giving and the Lord taking, but it is ever so hard to put this into practice especially when a situation like this arises. In my finite human mind, the first thought that came to my mind, like probably others, was why? Why would the Lord take away a child from a family that they have never even held, and yet they had been praying for this child since they knew of her conception? Though thoughts like these may never be answered and in any human mind it doesn't seem even logical or "fair", we can rest in the Lord's promises that never fail.
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."
Psalm 34: 17-19
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite."
Psalm 147: 3-5