I am so thankful for the opportunity I have today to share my friend Amy's story of their son Micah. Every story is different, and each story that I hope to share will show you how God can be glorified even in the most difficult trials. I count it a privilege to be able to share this story today:
Once upon a time, Derek and Amy were expecting their first child. Their excitement grew with each month that passed, especially when quickening began and Derek could also feel the baby press against Amy's belly.
At last, the day arrived for the four-month ultrasound. They couldn't wait to find out the gender of their child! Like every new parent, they watched the ultrasound with eager minds, trying to learn everything about what they saw. However, the lab technician said she could not detect the gender due to the cord placement.
Thinking everything was fine, Derek returned to work. Amy stayed for another appointment to hear the results of the ultrasound.
The doctor entered Amy's room. She had tears in her eyes. "I don't think your baby will make it." Amy's heart all but stopped and tears came but did not fall yet.
The doctor described the baby's condition as a chromosomal anomaly. Upon further testing the next day, the doctors found that the baby's chromosomes were either missing of conjoined with each other in a way that would send misinformation to the baby's body as it formed.
At 27 weeks, Amy gave birth to Micah. Micah lived for 30 minutes. Instead of bringing home a baby, Derek and Amy took home a box.
And they lived happily ever after, right? After all, Micah went to heaven, didn't he?
I, Amy, can attest that we are grieving heavily for him and cry often, but that we will live happily ever after--not because we are assured he is in heaven. God would still be just to send Micah, our baby, to hell.
While you may gasp at what I write, our trust is and must be (whether we feel it or not) in the unshakable goodness and mercy of God who sits in the heavens and does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115). One day, God will make all things right with Himself. Surely there is a reward for the righteous (those who take refuge in Him); surely God is judge on the earth (Psalm 58). Derek and I are thankful for Micah and the lessons God has taught us through him.
However, our greatest hope comes in knowing that one day, we will see Jesus face to face and enjoy His presence forever. Why? Because, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son--to die and rise again--that whoever believes in Him might not perish, but have eternal life. Who is like our God? There is no one like our God.