My heart is burdened this morning for a dear friend. The doctors have run tests on her unborn granddaughter and, due to the results, are encouraging the mother and father to abort the baby. I have prayed and prayed for this sweet little angel and her parents that God will provide wisdom and complete peace in their lives to know that HE is able to heal and deliver despite what doctors may say. I pray that they will trust the Lord and not go through with terminating this pregnancy which = terminating a LIFE.
I don’t begin to know what they’re going through because personally, I’ve had three normal, healthy pregnancies. When we hear of situations such as this, it does bring to our minds the question “Why?”. Know this: God doesn’t mind us asking questions and He will always answer…in HIS time. We just have to learn to wait on the Lord. And that can be tough.
As I have been praying for this family this morning, the Lord brought several people to my mind to prove that His ways are higher and better than our ways. Here are some examples of God’s plan in action beyond the understanding of many:
Rev. David Ring
Few individuals have felt the crushing blows that have besieged David Ring since birth…On October 28th, 1953, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, David was born with Cerebral Palsy. Orphaned at age 14, he was cast about from family to family with nowhere to call home….Life was worse than hopeless to him until his relationship began with Jesus Christ who taught him self-respect and acceptance of his physical challenges….As a nationally known speaker since 1973, David shares his story with over 100,000 people each year at churches, conventions, schools and corporate events. (http://www.davidring.org/about.html)
Rev. David Ring preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ
Born in 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Imagine the shock his parents felt when they saw their first-born brand new baby boy for the first time, only to find he was what he world would consider imperfect and abnormal. A limbless son was not what nurse Dushka Vujicic, and her husband Pastor Boris Vujicic had been expecting….Little did they or anyone else know that this beautiful limbless baby would one day be someone who would inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.
God uses Nick to touch lives and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to people across the globe.By the age of 19, Nick started to fulfill his dream of being able to encourage other people and bring them the gospel of Jesus through motivational speaking and sharing his testimony about how God changed his life and gave him a future and a hope.
Today, this limbless young man has accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. Nick made the massive move from Brisbane, Australia to California, USA in 2007, where he is the President and CEO of a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs. (http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/)
Tim Tebow was born to parents Pamela Elaine and Rev. Robert Ramsey II who were serving in the Philippines as Baptist missionaries. While pregnant with Tim, his mother suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba. Because of drugs used to rouse her from a coma and to treat her dysentery, the fetus (Tim) experienced a severe placental abruption. Doctors had expected a stillbirth and recommended an abortion…but she decided not to have one. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Tebow)
It’s hard not to know of all of Tim Tebow’s accomplishments during his football career; however, his greatest joy is sharing his love for Jesus Christ. And through the venue of football, he has reached literally millions with the gospel of Christ. John 3:16…
Wow…who knew? Who knew that these who would seem doomed from the start would be used to run such victorious races? Who knew they would be used by Almighty God to share the only message of hope – Jesus Christ – with a world eager to hear the truth? Who knew?
Before they were ever conceived, God knew every circumstance of their lives and created them perfectly to fulfill His plan.
God has a plan for everyone. What man sees as flaws, God sees as opportunities. In our weakness, HE shows Himself strong.
As I pray for the family dealing with the decision regarding their unborn child, I pray that they will understand that God knows…He knows exactly what’s going on with that baby girl and He cares for her and loves her more than anyone on this earth ever could.
Father, show Yourself strong and powerful. Thank You that You are still the God of miracles. Let us not overlook true miracles while looking for what we want or think should be; Your miracles come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. And they are every one beautiful to You.
Who knew before your first breath breathed what you would do, who you would be?
Who knew before in your mother you rested, just how your life would be affected and tested
And desires to lead, guide, and use you, knowing you can change the world?
Even before you’re born, sweet tiny one, still hidden, growing, and curled.
And God knows every breath you’ll take, every day you’ll face, every move your little limbs will make
God knows your challenges, trials and tests, and He walks with you every step of the way.
Help us as parents to trust in the Lord, to place you safely in His strong hands
Knowing that, if you’ll let Him, He will arm you and strengthen you to fulfill His mighty plan
No matter what you face in this life, dear one, do yourself a favor
Turn your eyes upon the One who loves you most, cling to and follow your Savior.
– Robin Allman Riggins