Do you ever notice how people seem to light up when a new baby is brought into the room? The women are sure to comment on how “beautiful” he or she is. If the baby is being held and loved on by Dad, he gets even more attention. If the pregnancy was a hard one, even those who are normally introverted make sure to congratulate the beaming mother. It’s an everyday miracle, a sign that life will go on. These reminders are even more touching when life is at its worst. Holding a baby is calming, somehow, when the storms rage and the waves crash against the boat. Did you ever wonder how Jesus slept through all that?
After one especially gloomy weekend, I was so pleased to see my flowers blooming for the first time. All around us are reminders that the storms in life have a purpose, and even if the beauty in it isn’t shared on this side of heaven, we can be sure that Romans 8:28 is true. Paul tells us that ALL things work together for those who love the Lord. All things–heartbreak, death, destruction, misery and disappointment–are part of a wonderful tapestry that God is weaving together. I can’t wait to see what mine looks like when it’s finished. Do I have dozens of questions for God? I surely do. But I trust Him. I know that he loves me more than I can imagine. Even when I hear news so terrible that it brings tears to my eyes, I can be sure that there is a plan. I also know that others have walked tough roads before me, and they made it, too.
I’ve always loved the saying that those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it, but maybe history also shows us that life will go on. The pains will fade. Babies will be born, and flowers will bloom. The sun may not be here right now, but it’s surely coming.