If you haven't heard, or don't follow national news, or even if you have heard- there was a bus crash here in Indy on Saturday. The accident happened about 4 miles from our house. It was a youth group from a local church on their way home from camp. 3 of the adult chaperons were killed, including the youth pastor and his pregnant wife. The other lady was with the group because she wanted her special needs son to be able to experience camp. After word of the accident got out, I realized that there was some connection from old friends from my high school in MI which just made the grief even deeper. My heart is so heavy for the families and teens that experienced such trauma in the accident.
Then Sunday morning we found out that a very influential man in my husbands life went to meet Jesus in his sleep on Sat night. He's the grandfather of our pastor and a man that Aaron has looked up to for almost 15 years. Needless to say, my grief ran even deeper. Although, we rejoice knowing that he's with the Lord. There really is no other place that he wanted to be. He lived his life to meet Jesus, and he has won the race. I don't doubt for a minute that Jesus was waiting for him at the gate with a big embrace and Brother Barney heard "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Needless to say, my soul has felt weary. It's been on drain mode the last few days between a hospital stay, tragic death, and loss of a dear friend. But God is faithful y'all. Faithful beyond what we can imagine. I want to share a story with you that I heard last night. It's not really related to any of this, but it proves that God is good. It brought me to tears last night and was salve to this tired, torn up, ragged soul...
At a small church in southern Illinois, there was a little boy named Noah. He was 4 years old. He as antisocial, he could wreak havoc on any social gathering, and in 4 years, he'd never spoken a word. The night before his parents were going to take him to see a specialist, there was a special visitor from the International House of Prayer in Columbia at his church. Noah's parents asked that she would pray over him. They brought him up front and she laid hands on him as well as many others in the church. They prayed and the service went on. After service the parents thanked the Pastor from Columbia for praying over him and went home. On the way home, sitting in his car seat in the back of the car, Noah's parents heard this from a little 4 yr old mouth-
"Noah feels better now."
Oh man, chills and tears just typing it out again. God is good. We may not understand his ways. We can't. It's physically impossible for us to understand God's will. We can't wrap our minds around it. But, when we can't understand His will, we can trust his heart. Because we know God is good. And we know that his ways are not our ways.
If you're dealing with a circumstance or situation today and you just don't get it. If you're tired and soul worn, if you're waiting for God's healing- trust in who God is. He is good and he loves you. He wants what's best for you. Sometimes getting there requires things to happen that we feel is totally opposite of God's character, but remain steadfast.