How much our lives have changed in just six short months...
As we were watching a video of Jude today while we were supposed to be doing school, Caleb and I both began to cry. As I held him, he told me, "Mommy, I don't want my brother to grow up in heaven. I don't want to wait my whole life to see him again."
I read this today:
"If God had told me some time ago that He was about to make me as happy as I could be in this world, and then had told me that He should begin by crippling me in arm or limb, and removing me from all my usual sources of enjoyment, I should have thought it a very strange mode of accomplishing His purpose. And yet, how is His wisdom manifest even in this! For if you should see a man shut up in a closed room, idolizing a set of lamps and rejoicing in their light, and you wished to make him truly happy, you would begin by blowing out all his lamps; and then throw open the shutters to let in the light of Heaven."
-Samuel Rutherford, as quoted by Joni Eareckson Tada
in O Love That Will Not Let me Go by Nancy Guthrie
Joni goes on to write:
Someday we will see more clearly why God chose to fulfill His purpose for Jude's life in just 67 days instead of 67 years. In the meantime, it is my hope and prayer that we will allow the Lord to fulfill His purpose in ours...however many years remain. And, I thank God for how He has used our littlest to point our hearts towards our true Home.
Thank you for praying for us. Would you please pray specifically for Caleb? He seems to be struggling more lately.
|Jude and Caleb on Speedboats (by Caleb)|