We have several friends who are dealing with serious medical complications in their children. It sent me in a tailspin of frustration at God for them, but He leveled me out by letting me hear just the right things at just the right time.
I’ve had Psalm 139 on my brain awhile. Then I asked experienced parents about what encouraged them when they were new parents with a child with severe disabilities. Without hesitation the dad started quoting Psalm 139. These dear people spoke of how they trusted that God made their daughter perfect and how He used her in their life and other peoples’ lives. Then a few days later, what was the sermon at our Lincoln church on? Psalm 139! God clearly knows that repetition is a great way to help people learn.
Psalm 139:5-6; 13-18
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
For my friends’ children who are sick and struggling, I’m praying for their healing while at the same time trusting that God has made them perfectly, just like He’s made you and me perfectly – on purpose, for a purpose. He doesn’t make a mistake.
I don’t still live in Lincoln, but I check in on our Lincoln church often, as you may have deducted. This sermon on Psalm 91, reminding me that I cannot comprehend God and that I must remember His past faithfulness, was also very helpful to getting me out of my funk.
I just discovered last week that I can listen to these messages on my phone in the car without downloading them before I get in the car. Since I spend over an hour and a half in my car on days I work this is a great thing for me. I’m not sure what type of data it pulls, but it didn’t take long to load the audio file. Something to consider if you get a lot of car time like me.