The Post About Being Prepared

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I talked to a friend yesterday about a situation in her life that's muddy. She has a dear relative who announced at Christmas that he and his wife were expecting. It was such a great moment for the family since last summer they had buried their little girl after only having spend 90 minutes with her outside of the womb. Their daughter had been diagnosed with anencephaly while in utero. Basically, she was missing her cerebrum. Her Dad wrote the following just a few days after her birth last June:

"It gives us comfort to know that she is now in heaven with Jesus. She will receive a perfect, glorified body and will welcome us along with our Savior when we arrive there someday. We know that God is in control and that he has a plan for our lives. We praise Him for all things, and we are thankful for His guidance, His strength, and His peace during this most difficult time."

This week, that lovely Mom and Dad found out their current baby has the same disorder (apparently a rare possibility). My friend and I were chatting about how our hearts hurt for this young couple. We could not imagine how their faith in God will be challenged with this second tragedy. I realized with this news that wrapping myself in the Word of God is absolutely crucial in order to spiritually manage these crises when they come (and we're promised they will come.) And not just when I happen to trip over my Bible or when my Pastor chews it up for me on Sunday, but immersing myself on a daily basis. Who knows what dark moment I might face when I leave my office today or what phone call will wreck my plans? The boy scouts have it right.
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12

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