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Sunday, September 18, 2011

When heaviness settles.

When imagining your happily ever after, you picture prince charming, the romance, the perfect love story.  Then comes the picket fence, the sweet smell of a freshly bathed baby. The family walks with a toddler. Then the two kiddos running through the sprinkler in the warm summer sun. The freshly baked cookies from the oven, the smiling faces staring back at you with a thank you.  The sweet heads bowed during dinner prayer. The nightly I love yous.

Such goodness you expect. You never imagine, however a rare disease in your perfectly ever after. Not to mention dealing with daily pain on top of an already hard diagnosis. When storms like these strike, if you are not on solid footing - I just can't imagine what that would be like. How one could stand strong- because I cannot on my own.  Though our world is being touched by Axenfeld Rieger Syndrome, this disease doesn't shake us. It does not overtake. It does not define. It does not control. It does frighten at times-I have to be honest. It keeps me up some nights. On specially bad days, it drains. It overwhelms. It hurts to see your baby go through hardships. But by the grace of God that is not the whole story.  For we know in whom we have placed our trust.  And he is good- we trust that.  In good times. In hard times. We know we are blessed.

We pray for blessings. We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing. For prosperity.
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom. Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe


 
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win we know-
that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
this is not our home
It's not our home


'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the achings of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise
                                                                                      ~Blessings by Laura Story

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