Bowen had a great day yesterday, and so did Emmy and Claire. I’ve mentioned before that the majority of Sarah and I’s struggle over the past two months has been watching our kids hurt, so the fact that all three of them had a great day was a huge blessing to us. From the minute we woke up, it felt like God was answering all of of the prayers that you have voiced for us this week.

There aren’t any major updates as far as Bowen’s health is concerned. He’s simply getting better by the day. I want to take the opportunity to mention how blessed we are to have incredible nurses and doctors caring for him daily. They are continually working hard to help us get Bowen healthy and home. I don’t really know if any of the hospital staff read this, but if you’re out there, we thank God daily for all of you.

This is a picture I wanted to post last week. It’s the first picture of Bowen under an open sky, and it gives me hope that life outside the hospital is coming soon.

Digging Deeper

Earlier this week when I was fighting discouragement over not being able to take Bowen home, a newfound friend sent me an encouraging message. One line of his message, comprised of three simple words, struck me deeply. Those three words were…

God will help.

I’m not sure if anyone has said those exact words to me before. Those words are bold. It takes a lot of faith to tell someone what will happen, and even more faith to tell them what God will do. He could have said “I’m praying that God will help” or “God can help”. He also could’ve made a simple claim like “hang in there, things will get easier.”

Massive truths communicated through simple and concise words are a gift to those who receive them. Proverbs 20:15 says, “There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”

I thought about those precious words “God will help” over and over, especially yesterday as the fog of discouragement lifted. Even if the fog hadn’t lifted, those words are trustworthy and I love that they don’t rely on our human ideals. God’s help isn’t always what we expect, but he gives us grace while he’s continually working things out for our good and for his glory, whether we see it now or later.

God indeed will help.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

I look to mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not let you fall: your protector is always awake.”
Psalm 121:1-3

One more thing. If you have been encouraged or challenged in your faith by reading the “Digging Deeper” section of this blog, I would also encourage you to check out the blog of John Knight called “The Works of God” (click to link).  It’s not lightweight material, and it will engage your heart and mind on the difficult issues of sickness, disability, and suffering from a Biblical worldview. John has not only challenged me through his blog, but also has encouraged me personally by sending me the books “Wrestling with an Angel” and “Just as I Am”.  He also sent me those simple words “God will help.”