"She asked why this happened to her.... I told her God doesn't "allow" these things to happen, but His promise is to be there to help you and pick you up when you fall. You obviously live by this mantra every day."
I know some of you don't believe in God the way I do. Some of you probably wonder why God made this happen to me - if He's such a "big God" like we [Christians] say He is. Some of you may scoff at the idea that God blessed me with Joshua - a child with a fatal condition.
But I want you to know that God - "...doesn't 'allow' these things to happen, but His promise is to be there to help you and pick you up when you fall..."
Thank you ~commenter~ for reminding me.
I've been thinking of sharing this with you all for a while. I've needed to wrap my head around it before I wrote though.
This is a first attempt and may not be quite what I want to say: so excuse it please.
Joshua's body isn't perfect. Medically speaking, his brain herniated through his malformed skull and scrambled the contents in the process. His skull grew too small. His spinal fluid pushes the membranes of his ultra-thin skin taut. This will cause his demise. He has a fatal birth defect.
But Joshua is more than just a body. Every human being has a body, a soul, and a spirit. What I find most encouraging about Joshua's situation is that he does not have a defect in his soul. He does not have a defect in his spirit.
I can be assured that Joshua knows who I am. Perhaps not in his cognitive brain - but his spirit will recognize another spirit. The Bible says that everything with breath praises the Lord - my son has breath. But his body cannot praise God - His spirit can though. And I stand on that belief - that my son's spirit is perfect - not defective like his body.
I am amazed and blessed to know that my son's spirit isn't defective, or his soul either. And that's the part that's important. Everybody's body fails after a while. Joshua's just failed earlier than most. His spirit won't fail though. Thank God for that.
Living on in eternity's not such a bad thing. In fact, it's perfect. It just sucks to be the ones left behind in the wake of a defective body.