I dont always understand God's ways. Like when good people have lives filled with pain and difficulty. One of my dearest friends is in the midst of yet another hard trial. She is easily one of the most wonderful and good-natured Christians I know and yet it seems like in her 27 years, she has endured more hardships than any one person should bear in a lifetime. I do not know how or why troubles continue to befall her, it just seems like she cant ever get a break.
For many years, she and her husband have been trying to have a child with no success. She has seen several different doctors, had procedures done and have been praying vigilantly and expectantly for God to bless them with a child. Finally, she learned a few weeks ago that she was indeed pregnant. They were overjoyed and filled with gratitude over the pregnancy. I couldnt have been happier for them myself, knowing that she wanted so badly to be a mother.
I got a message from her this weekend that she was beginning to have some complications. She ended up spending some time in the emergency room due to the problems she was having, but was reassured by a sonogram confirming the baby had a heartbeat. Unfortunately, her symptoms worsened on Monday and Tuesday and then today at her doctor's office, the baby no longer had a heartbeat. I cant even imagine the heartbreak and pain she is experiencing right now.
Everyday I see babies born to teenagers, drug-users, unmarried, uneducated women. I'll always struggle with the idea that these women (and sometimes girls) have perfectly healthy pregnancies that result in beautiful healthy babies; and yet here is a married, stable couple who desperately want to conceive a child and so far have been unsuccessful. It just doesnt seem fair.
Please keep this couple in your prayers as they are going through the grieving process. Pray for peace in a troubling time, understanding and deeper faith when the questions come, support to help them through dark days, endurance and joy.
God is our refuge and strength
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear. (Ps. 46)