It took just a few words from my friend for the floodgates to open. In between sobs, I choked out one question, "Why?"
Why was my son so sick? He was just a baby; what had he ever done to deserve all of this? Why couldn't God just make him healthy? Why was God making him suffer? If I could take his place, I would've in a heartbeat, but I couldn't. All I could do was hold him close and tell him how sorry I was.
At that time, I couldn't fathom what reason God would have for all that my son was going through. I'd had several people tell me that if I just believed hard enough, my son would be healed. I believed, but nothing happened. I thought maybe God was out to get me. After all, He'd allowed me to suffer severe life-threatening asthma attacks throughout my life that had left me with PTSD. He'd allowed me to be in an emotionally abusive friendship. I didn't see what good could possibly come out of any of what Davy and I had been through.
Fast forward to today. Davy is a fairly healthy, active two year old with a ready smile that melts my heart. His feeding tube was removed in September 2015, and he has been unofficially diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, an incurable, progressive disease, along with myself and two of his siblings.
So what good could come from that intense year after Davy was born when he had so many struggles? What good could come from the struggles I'd faced my entire life? What good could come out of having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that means living life in pain?
Recently, I was talking to my friend, the same one who listened to me cry over the phone. She recently got out of an emotionally abusive relationship and is currently in a custody battle for her children. Several of her kids have special needs, and so she's struggling to come to terms with that too.
And then it hit me. My life experiences, even though difficult, had prepared me to help encourage her through this rough time and give her hope. And there it was...the good that came out of the bad.
I recently wrote a blog post about receiving my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome diagnosis which was then republished on The Mighty. Since then, I have received messages and emails from people who read my story and realized that the symptoms of EDS fit them perfectly as well. They are now pursuing their own diagnosis. Because of my story, others are getting the diagnosis they need. And there it is...the good that came out of the bad.
It's in these tough times that I've learned to lean on God even more and have grown closer to Him. When you're in the valley, you can choose one of two paths. You can either choose to draw closer to God or you can choose to turn away from Him and become bitter. Personally, my trials strengthened my relationship with God. And there it is...the good that came out of the bad.
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So why has God allowed all this suffering in my life and the lives of my children? I may not know the full answer, but at least now I know part of it. If my problems allow me to encourage and help even one other person and bring me closer to God, then they are worth it.
Mari-Anna from Flowing Faith pointed out in her comment, we shouldn't necessarily be asking why...we should be asking HOW. "How Jesus is going to help me? How can I serve others better because of this? How is this going to enable me to become more intimate with Jesus? How is this helping me to become more like Jesus?"
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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