Friday 12.10.10

Sorry that the WOD with God has not been posted recently.  Those of you that read this and know us personally know that we have had a sick child that went beyond just your regular ailment.  Our son experienced leg pains last Thursday evening and on Friday had trouble walking.  After going to the doctor on Friday, that evening it got worse and he could not even walk and was experiencing severe leg pains.  We took him to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta and he was treated there for two days.  They said what he had was reactive synovitis which is an arthritis triggered by a virus that is not uncommon in children.   Thankfully, his symptoms have lessened after a setback when we first got home.  I know many were praying for him and we have seen those prayers been answered. 

There are many things on my heart that I want to share with you.  WOD with God is an opportunity to share God’s word and encourage the people who read it.  I know God allows trials in our life for a reason.  For us this particular trial was for a short period of time and we are seeing improvement.  For many families that we saw in the hospital there trials are much longer and more severe and the weariness was evident on their faces.  The most heart wrenching experience is to not be able to help your child. 

I was thinking while we were in the hospital, How did God do it?  As a parent it is hard to imagine or understand when you think about Jesus on the cross and all the pain and suffering he endured and God could have intervened but knew if he did the plan of salvation for a lost world would fail.  God knew that his son would be resurrected but to endure the pain and suffering should affirm to us his unfailing love.  Christ was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, punishment that brought us peace was upon him, by his wounds we are healed.  (Isaiah 53:5) 

This experience has humbled our hearts and made us very grateful for the simple things we take for granted everyday.  This situation could have easily taken a turn for the worse but God answered prayers.  The doctors were preparing us for the worst case scenario but in my heart I was trusting in the great Physician.  Nothing is impossible for God.  The Bible says, “With men this is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.  (Mark 10:27).  Just know whatever your burden is today, that with God it is possible to get through.  It doesn’t have to be a health issue, it can be work, relationship, financial, etc..  God says,

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

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