“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2
Our daughter Sophia was born 8 weeks prematurely and spent a couple of months in the NICU. Her stay in the NICU was longer than most of the babies born at her gestation and we didn’t discover the reason for this until the day of her discharge. Sophia was born with an underdeveloped urinary system…she has what doctors call Vesicoureteral reflux at a grade three to four. This simply means she has a reflux of urine from the bladder to the kidney when she pees. When she has an infection (she has had many) the reflux causes damage to the kidney; and that’s not good.
At a recent visit to see her specialist he confirmed that surgery would most certainly be needed to correct this underdevelopment. This reconstructive surgery has already been scheduled for next month and we are grateful that the success rate for this procedure is extremely high.
My daughter (who is not quite four yet) recently recited to me an old poem that I remember learning as a kindergartener. It goes like this:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
All the kings horses and all the kings men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
This poem replayed over and over again in my mind for several days after. As I began to think about it my heart was filled to overflowing with an abundance of gratitude and thanksgiving. As I look back over my daughters journey thus far the hand of our Almighty God is incredibly evident. Yes, there have been times that have been more difficult than others for my husband and I as her parents, but we serve a God so much more capable than ‘all the kings horses and all the kings men’. We serve the Great Physician!!!! Suddenly all her troubles melt away and bring opportunity for great joy- because God has been and will continue to be with us.
Are you going through a difficult situation right now? Give it over to our very capable God, he is desperate to turn your troubles into joy.
Thank you Heavenly Father for your faithfulness. Thank you for being present in our every moments, but especially in our times of trouble. Thank you God for allowing these times of trouble to become opportunities for joy! I pray for the road that lies before us- we don’t know every curve and twist of this road, but you do. We trust you God as our guide and ask you to always take the wheel. We love you Lord and have so many things to be thankful for! In your name, Amen.