I know it’s kinda late for me to greet you a Happy New Year. We’re heading to the last week of January and it’s my first article for the year 2012.
I planned to greet you by writing my first article of the year on the first week of January. Writing consistently for this blog is one of my New Year’s resolutions. I also planned to welcome 2012 with a Bang but unexpected circumstances happened.
2012 was supposed to be a very exciting year for me and my wife. We were expecting our first baby on July this year. We talked about it so much and did everything I could to take care both of them. Until we heard the bad news on the first week of the month: the baby lost its heartbeat.
The amount of happiness and excitement that we felt when we discovered her pregnancy was the same amount of sadness when we learned the baby’s fate. It was the gloomiest day of my life.
Naturally, as a God-believing person, a lot of questions entered my mind. Why did this happen? Did I do something wrong to piss-of God? Am I not worthy to be a parent; to be trusted with a soul? But as a Christian, I learned to accept the fact that it is God’s will and the Lord has better plan for us. (So there’s a difference between just believing in God and being a Christian.)
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
How good it is to have the Lord that gives me hope, strength and comfort. It is so cool to know that there is a High Intelligence that knows what He’s doing and what’s best for me. It is comforting to know that there is a God who is omnipresent who sees everything and omnipotent who have control over all things.
I may not understand His wisdom and decision, but one thing I’m sure of is “…all things work together for good.”
I listed verses from the Bible that will give us strength and inspiration.
“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”– Psalm 62:1-2
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“…by his light I walked through darkness.” – Job 29:3
“My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.” – Psalm 119:28
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”– Isaiah 66:13
“O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction…” – Jeremiah 16:19
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”– 2 Corinthians 12:9
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18
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