"The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." - Job 1:21 (NASB)
The support from friends, family and people I've never met has been incredible. Amy and I thank you. Many of you shared stories of your own heartache and pain. It was an awesome testimony to how lives can continue on and heal. There were several e-mails from people who have experienced pain on a much larger scale...life-altering diseases, death of a loved one/child. It's humbling to hear that someone that has gone through emotional pain come alongside you with consolance.
I don't know why God would allow joy to come in our lives for two weeks, only to remove it this way. I don't know if he was sparing us from some level of pain/suffering further along. I know that God only gives us what we can bear, so we understand and acknowledge that God in his omniscience knows something we don't. I do not understand why, but we praise God for allowing us to experience the two weeks of joy, and look forward to the opportunity to experience that joy to the fullest.
I've gone back through reading my blog over the past month, and God used my own words to teach me a lesson. In the blog I posted announcing our pregnancy, I made the following statement(s):
I truly believe that God does take care of His people if they will simply let Him.
God, give me the patience to see things in your time.
Give me the strength I need to complete your tasks.
Give me the wisdom never to question your direction.
And if I can handle it, let me do more in your name.
God, let this continue to be our prayer. Help us not to question your timing, but to lay our concerns at your feet. Know that through the joys and sadness we will continue to praise Your name. You give, and You take away. Blessed be Your name.