Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Behind the scenes

Coincidence???

Fluke???

Random???

At the beginning of this journey perhaps those were the thoughts that went through my head. Recently I have been spending time in the old testament and was reminded of Esther a Jewish girl used to save her people. God worked behind the scenes in Esther's life for her to be chosen as Queen at exactly the right time to save her people from mass genocide.
"What's more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?" Esther 4:14
Esther reminds me that whatever we are going through to be encouraged because God is working. Looking back, time after time His hand has been evident at work in our lives. He was in control even when the circumstances surrounding us seemed to indicate otherwise. Isaac's diagnosis was not a surprise to God. Our life may have changed, but it did not change God.

Behind the scenes He arranged appointments~
I hadn't seen my OB for over a month I had been in with so many specialists. Vividly I remember having a conversation on a Friday afternoon about canceling an appointment I had with her that coming Monday morning. After all I had just spent two weeks in appointments with specialists and had 12 hours of ultrasounds. I didn't cancel. At 5 pm that same Friday I received this call from St. Louis telling me Isaac was "incompatible with life" and he had a "fatal fetal anomaly" recommending to terminate the pregnancy. Head spinning I remember telling the doctor we had hope in Jesus, thinking to myself God could heal our baby. Monday morning I walked in and she was the FIRST doctor to hug me, treat me as a person, telling me we would be okay and she would walk through this with us. She shared that same hope.

Behind the scenes He encouraged~
That same Friday, Amos "ran" into our friend Casey who was reconnecting with an out of town friend over lunch. What Amos didn't know at the time was that Kevin "happened" to have walked a very similar path as ours several years ago. At 5 pm that very day we received the call that we would be walking through the same valley. Days later God used Kevin and his story to influence, encourage, and inspire us.

Behind the scenes He placed people in our life~
We have received so much love from friends and family as well as complete strangers. They have brought us meals, cleaned our home, mowed our lawn, encouraged us through gifts, prayers, emails, and cards. Nurses and our doctor who prayed with us are now friends. And He sent all of them at exactly the right moment.

Take courage because He is at work in your life. Stop. Sit. Reflect. And you to will begin to see glimpses of how He is weaving your story together for His goodness. Even in the tough times. Keep hoping, keep believing because He is working behind your scenes.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

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