Some people have asked us the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people? First, let’s set aside the fact that Jesus (perfect-Son-of-God, J-E-S-U-S) said there was none good but the Father…Ok, why do bad things happen to seemingly good people? God let me know early on that He wasn’t the One to cause Ariel’s sickness. That’s the enemy. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Sin entered the world, because we let it, and Satan tries to destroy all God has created. So the true question remains, “Why would God allow these things, even if He doesn’t orchestrate them? This admits God’s sovereignty over all things, and then asks why. And the answer many don’t like: It’s for God to know. We just have to trust that A) He’s sovereign. B) He’s good. C) He’s got plans.
In Genesis 50:20, Joseph recognizes that all the bad things he suffered for years in his life was a plan God allowed to place him precisely where he could save his family and people. God took the evil and designed an extravagant plan for good. It takes faith to see that. God doesn’t have to share His plans with us and actually hardly ever does, because we must have the faith in Him to believe He is working all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). Job 42:2 says that no purpose of God’s can be thwarted. That tells me that whatever devious scheme Satan attempts, God’s sovereignty remains untouched. So He weaves around the schemes to design a beautiful story.
In 2012, Satan attacked our marriage. God called me to stand for my husband and our marriage. At the time, it was the hardest thing I’d ever experienced. It was brutal trusting God to restore a marriage that in the natural was dead. But God made promises, and he made every single one come to pass. He promised my husband would return. He did. He promised me children after 10 years of infertility. A month after our marriage was restored, we were pregnant! What Satan had meant to destroy, God made into the most amazing story! God blessed our marriage into this beautiful testimony with 3 wonderful miracles in each of our children.
For the past 6 years we’ve had struggles, but it has been a blessed time together as our family has grown. Now, we are facing a great trial – Satan again, is trying to destroy us, but God has made more promises, and because of everything we’ve already been through, we KNOW how good a God He truly is. I encourage anyone following our story to just expectantly wait for God to demonstrate His greatness…that’s what we’re doing. I admit, this is a dark valley (the shadow of death) that we are traveling, but He goes before us. He comforts us, and He uses so many people to show us kindness and love. We are so grateful and blessed. I know, superficially, that sounds like a contradiction to what we are facing, but it’s truth.
I pray God pulls back the veil to let others see the deeper picture of the beauty He’s currently weaving in our daughter’s life, as well as our own!
God bless you all,