Friday, February 8, 2013

Faithful Friday - "It is Good"

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

It’s hard for us to go through trials or adversities without wondering why and to completely trust God no matter what, just because we know He is good God and He knows all.

But what is even harder is watching your child go through something and trusting God and trying to encourage your child when even you don’t know exactly why or have the answers.

Joy is back in the hospital, as of last night, with pancreatitis again (not sure if the stomach bug she had could have triggered it again or not), with enzymes at the highest level yet. It’s hard to see her hurting like she does and to see her bubbly disposition trying to shine through in spite of me knowing how she feels. It’s even harder to explain WHY this happens at the times when she’s most excited about something. She is supposed to perform at the Chinese New Year Festival tomorrow night. She has been so excited about this for weeks.

Unfortunately, sometimes we just don’t have the answers. We just have to trust God and know that He knows and that’s enough. And to be honest with you, we are still just trusting that God will perform a miracle; that Joy will be better and out of here in time to perform. And we will most certainly give Him the glory. But even if she’s not out of here, we will choose to trust God and still give Him glory.

Even though I have spoken these words to Joy many times, it is hard for this mama. I want to cry for her….or with her. Then, I went over to her blog and read her Faithful Friday post. And that did bring tears to my eyes. I’m so glad she is “dumping it all in God’s hands”.

Whether, she dances tomorrow night, or whether she is lying here in the hospital, we choose to Praise God and I am thankful that in spite of not knowing the reasons and being so disappointed, she “gets it”.

And that reminds me of a story I read about how in spite of adversity, God makes something good come of it. And that’s what we desire. No matter the outcome.

Here’s the story:

An African king had a long time friend who always looked at everything positively, always saying "This is good!" even in the face of the most difficult situations. Hunting one day, he was preparing the king’s guns. When the king took his first shot, his thumb was blown off. Though the friend realized that it was his grave mistake for not properly setting the gun, and even in the face of this furious, bleeding king, he looked at him and said, "This is good!" The king was LIVID, and ordered that his friend be thrown in jail immediately.

A year later the king was hunting in an area where he should have stayed clear and was suddenly captured by Cannibals. They tied him up and were preparing to cook him when they realized he had no thumb. They didn't eat anyone who was less than whole so they released him. Upon his way home, the king pondered the event that had taken his thumb in the first place. He went straight to the jail, told his friend what happened and apologized in tears for sending him to jail like he did. His enthusiastic friend looked at the King and replied "This is good!"

The king, taken aback once again said "What do you mean 'this is good!' I sent you mercilessly to jail and you’ve been suffering for here for an entire year – how is that good?" His friend responded unwaveringly, "Well, if I had not been in jail, I would have been with you"!

Thanks so much for stopping by! We would appreciate your prayers for Joy also!

♥ Tammy ♥


Holly said...

Hoping that sweet girl is feeling better very soon! Sending up prayers for her.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh no your poor baby. There is nothing harder than watching your children in pain. I am wrapping a big hug around you all and sending many prayers. I will put you all and your daughter in my journal. Keep us posted.

Beth said...

I am hoping that Joy is completely well soon.

Patty Sumner said...

Oh Tammy, I know it must be so difficult but I love your "heartattitude". Faith is a most difficult journey at times...Praying for Joy! She is a trooper and her joy for the Lord is evident. By the way, I have been praying for you and your special request..Blessings!

ohiofarmgirl said...

Praying for God's mighty hand of healing to touch her body! My His grace shine through her! Dianntha

Dan said...


I am so sorry that Joy is in such pain. It is hard to understand why people we love have to go through trials like this, but as you put so well, God is in control. Just know that I will be praying for Joy and her mama too. My granddma always taught me that we only have to have faith the size of a mustard seed, which is not very big. We will just all have faith that God will heal Joy and she will be able to perform tomorrow. Take care!


Pendleton Primitives said...

Look at her smile! She shines so bright!

Sandra said...

Poor Joy :( Nothing harder than seeing your child in pain and knowing that you can't take it away :(

Praying for her, AND for you too.

Big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Praying for Joy and for you. May God bless.

Pen Pen said...

Awe...prayers for your little Joy.

Raggedy Creations said...

So sorry to hear about Joy. Hope she is better soon.


Tanya said...

So very sorry to hear about that sweet cutie Joy....she is such a warrior in the face of trials by just liking at her beautiful smiling face.I will pray!!!! Please keep us posted!

~*Sharee*~ said...

Poor baby, I hope she's feeling better real soon. Sorry she can't dance tomorrow night. The worst thing about being a parent is seeing our children when their sick or hurt and not being able to help them...

Hugs, Shar

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My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Tammy...prayers for your daughter and for your family!
I personally know what it is to constanly ask why has this or that has happened?
God has been holding my hand for many years, making sure that I can look forward.

Hopefully joy gets to dance!


Primitive Stars said...

Sending prayers for Joy.....Blessings Francine.

Laura Lane said...

Oh, my heart goes out to Joy, Tammy. I've had pancreatitis. It was some of the worst pain I've endured. May God bless and heal Joy completely.

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Kristen Soderberg said...

Oh no! I hope she feels better! Prayers on their way! Hugs!