As Kate's surgery draws closer, I am feeling more and more emotion. I've cried many times in my life, but not many where I've wept. This morning was the latter. God reminded me that Kate and I are "one" and when one part of the body is hurt, the whole body suffers.
He also reminded me that His strength is made perfect in our weakness and that perfect love (His love) casts aside fear. Finally, he encouraged me that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
At church this morning I thought of the story of Jesus and his dear friend Lazarus. When Jesus arrived at Lazarus' house, he had been dead for several days. It is interesting that Jesus stood outside the room where Lazarus' body was and wept before going in to bring him back to life. I thought to myself, why in the world did Jesus weep? Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth and could easily raise Lazarus from the dead. It struck me then that I think Jesus wept because Lazarus was his friend and he knew that human sickness and death (results of a broken, sinful world) was not what God orginally intended for us but is why he came to earth (righteousness & the cross). I think the situation encouraged Jesus to accomplish his mission.
God used Lazarus' trial to demonstrate His glory and as a testimony of His grace for generations to come.
May it be so with our family as well.