When I went back to work on Tuesday of this week I told my students that my husband, John, was sick and that he had a sick heart. I told them that he was going to have to get a new heart soon. I could tell by their faces and in their eyes that they couldn’t quite picture how that works, and I don’t blame them. I don’t want to picture how that works either, but I’m glad it does. I also told them that if they pray at night to please pray for him.
The next day I saw a glimpse of God’s dealings in all of this. One student said to me, “I would give your husband my heart if I could, and then I could go to heaven.” Another student told me, “You know when you asked us to pray for your husband last night? Well, I did.”
It’s hard for adults to come out of themselves to empathize with others many times, but it’s definitely hard for ten year olds. It’s just not in their nature quite yet. However, yesterday I saw God at work in those children after hearing this news.
I told John, “See, a child prayed to God because of you last night. Won’t it be awesome if you see that child in heaven, and he comes up to you and says, ‘I talked to my Father for the first time when you were sick.'”
God works ALL things out for good and for His glory (Romans 8:28). We may have to live in this fallen world, but we have faith that God has already had the final word (Colossians 2:15). As I begin this journey with John I am already seeing God’s work in all of it. This is just one example – a child talked to His Heavenly Father possibly for the first time.