Sunday, September 28, 2014

Maybe They See Angels

I believe in angels.

The Bible talks about angels in heaven, and I know that it also talks about a spiritual world that we cannot see.

I know there are times when God has protected me. I suppose I will never know if an angel did it, because I have never seen an angel as we picture them.

Sometimes I wonder though if our little ones can. Maybe it's a gift God gives to the very young or even to those suffering with special needs.

In the last several months, Trenton has started making a shape with his hands that we would call a bird or a butterfly. Those are two things, I'm not sure he has ever even seen a picture of. Today as I saw his joy as he made this shape with his hand, and I saw how he looked up, it made me wonder.

I wonder if somehow God lets him see angels. I often wonder what entertains him, since he will not really play with toys. He is almost always happy and content. Maybe God lets him have a little window into the angels' corner.

This week, three little children with CHARGE syndrome are in heaven.

They now enjoy the company of someone even more wonderful than the angels. They see the God who created them who now enjoys the company of them in their renewed bodies where they now have no pain.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Held by Him

Your child is having surgery tomorrow.

You have a major medical test next week.

Your cancer came back.

Your unborn baby isn't growing.

Your toddler isn't crawling yet.

That feeling that we get when there is an unknown in the present or the future... It is something that I know well, but so many others know it even more. That helpless feeling...

And then we remember what we have known all along. It's that truth that saved us from our sins and an eternity in hell. It's the truth that Christ holds us and our children and everything around us in place. He holds them much better than we ever could, because we trust Him with our souls, and we can trust Him with everything.

There are many quotes that have stood out to me over the years of reading about missionaries and other well-known Christians. This is one that I remember being significant to me.

"First, he brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.

Next he will keep me here in his love, and give me grace to behave as His child.

Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching met the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow. 

Last, in his good time He can bring me out again - how and when He knows.
Let me say I am here,
1) By God's appointment,
2) In His keeping,
3)Under His training,
4) For His time."

Andrew Murray

May each of us let go. May we let go of the things that are already held so well.