Our family has been on a journey with my daughter Lydia who broke her elbow back in July. It has been 8 months since her injury and we have been through re-breaking her elbow and a second surgery to fix her elbow with screws and a wire in her arm. We all thought this was all going to help and allow her to get full range of motion in her arm. We believed for God to heal her and then we got the news this month that her X-rays show her elbow is out of position again and dislocated. It was such a bummer to hear the news and see the X-rays as we thought we were on the uphill and finally going to be healed. Looking at the tears in my daughter’s eyes and the look of defeat that she wasn’t getting better was hard as she had been using a brace at night and going to physical therapy three times a week. We felt defeated and the doctor felt so bad as he had tried everything he knew. This setback made us feel heartbroken.
As I looked at this setback it was hard to trust that God had a plan in all of this, but I know God carried us through those setbacks and was never at fault. We may not understand it when we go through setbacks or trials and why this happened, but we have to put our trust in our Savior who knows all and has our best interest at heart. God is using this to glory Him as it is not our plan for our daughter, but God has bigger plans for her and we are to trust in that. God also showed me to look at what we have to be thankful for and that Lydia was not in any pain and we praise God for that, as pain would have been a constant reminder and distraction of our setback. If she has to sacrifice not being able to fully do the things she loves for a year then that is so minor in the big scheme of life. Learning to trust and find peace in God through those times of setbacks is what will bring you joy and growing deeper in your faith. James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its works so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in nothing.” I had to learn perseverance and being steadfast in my faith despite the difficulty being faced. Don’t give up, stay the course and let God be your guide through any setback or trial. This is what helped us through. Lydia has shown me through this to look at the positives and to be thankful that she is healthy with no sickness or disease. Our faith is made stronger through those times and refines and shapes us to be more like Christ. Thinking of Easter and understanding Christ sacrifice and all the trials and setbacks He had but God had the ultimate plan for Jesus and He stayed the course because He knew God’s plans never fail. Let’s praise God together that He will never leave us or forsake us when we have trials and setbacks and will carry us through! AMEN!