Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Seeing Jesus in Great Loss

Please continue to pray for our friends Andrew & Connor. They both received their bone marrow transplants last week (thank you Jesus!) and now enter the crucial period to see how the body responds to it. Complications usually appear from Day 8-20 which is basically now until the end of the month. Right now, both boys have absolutely no immune system, as the old bone marrow is gone and the new marrow is preparing to kick in.
 I felt this post was needed because I've been getting some conflicted feedback from some who have lost loved ones to cancer or other horrible circumstances. I feel for them. And as far as I can tell these people were otherwise godly and faithful people and yet for some reason God chose not to heal them despite their many prayers. God has done a miracle in our lives but I don't want to give the impression that He did this because we were somehow more holy or more deserving. To be honest, I really don't know why God chose to heal my wife - at least for this season. But that is not going to keep me from glorifying Him or cause me to apologize for celebrating this gracious gift. The week after we got news of Kim's full remission, I attended funerals for two different people who died of cancer and I had to ask myself why did God hear our prayers for healing and not theirs? I don't have an answer, but I do know this...

God is always working for the good of those who love Him. ALWAYS. (Rom 8:28) We simply have to take this truth by faith. We have such a myopic view of what He is doing that we're really in no position to judge God's actions as "good" or "bad" by our finite knowledge or broken standards. We are only called to trust Him. I'm sure by our standards the murder of an innocent person in a horrific manner is about as "bad" as "bad" gets. But this is what happened at the cross and by God's standards He transformed what we thought to be "bad" into our greatest "good" - just as He promised.

I also know that no one understands pain, loss and suffering more than God Himself. The young boy named Logan in this video understood this very well.

So instead of becoming bitter at God for the pain and loss we are bearing, I hope that instead we can just run to Him. Run into the arms of the only one who truly understands. As Logan says, "He will always understand". 

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -Psalm 34:18

In His Grace,

Peter & Kim


  1. Great post Peter. God is sovereign.

  2. Amen and amen. That was the most precious phone call.