i'm sad to report that baby michael was born at peace last night around 9:35. his parents' utmost concern for him was that he did not suffer, and they have assurance that he did not. please continue to pray for this grieving family.
when God chooses not to answer a prayer, or answer a prayer in a way that is different than what we think it should be...it's very easy to struggle with the "whys." i admit, i wonder why the Lord would take michael before he was born.
but after examining who God is....
He is righteous and just: "He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he." ~Deut. 32:4
He is perfect: "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him." ~Ps. 18:30
He is full of grace: "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." ~1 Pet. 5:10
He is merciful: "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness..." ~Ex. 34:6
He is love: "...God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." ~1 John 4:16
He is good: "For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." ~Ps. 100:5
He is truthful and faithful: "God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged." ~Heb. 6:18
He is wise: "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" ~Rom. 11:33
He is all-knowing: "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." ~Psalm 139:16
and, we cannot possibly begin to fathom why God does what He does: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." ~Isaiah 55:9
by faith we must accept His ways, but knowing these wonderful truths about Him makes it that much easier.
so no matter what the answer to our prayers for michael could have been, God is still good...