by Jonni Sliver
While driving home after work one day I heard a pastor on the radio tell how he had been in a car accident, along with his five year old daughter. The car had been nearly demolished but both he and his daughter walked away with just scratches. The pastor said a congregational member who heard the story exclaimed “God is good!” and the pastor replied “You are so right, but God would be just as good if we had both passed away. God is good regardless of the circumstances.” That simple truth has been ringing in my ears lately. We have had several opportunities to see God’s goodness in the difficult moments.
Vilma and Alex came to the Miriam Home this week. Vilma is 16 years old, Alex is her four month old baby boy. She lives with the baby’s father (17 years old) and is doing the best she knows how to care for her son, but she has very little knowledge of raising a child. Alex is drastically under weight, he has trouble breathing and at four months he can’t follow objects that pass in front of his eyes. We are taking him to doctors to see how we can help this precious little boy. His young mother feels like she has failed, but some of the problems may have come during her pregnancy. Alex is just one day younger than Daniel, the son of one of our house moms, and Vilma sees how different these boys are, and it breaks her heart.
Silvana, 35, has been a friend of the Miriam Home since it opened. She was a house mom for several years and continued to be ready and willing to help in a hundred ways as needs arose in the Miriam Home. Recently she was working part time in the house, helping with a sudden overflow of little ones. On Friday she was on her way here, to setup for a Christmas party on Saturday, together with her fiancée, when they were hit multiple times in a drive by shooting. Silvana passed away Saturday morning, and the loss for her family and friends is hard to put in words. In the time it took for their motorcycle to go the length of one block a life was stolen.
Last night our pastor shared 2 Cor 4:7-10. We are clay pots; fragile; easily broken. There is something in that declaration that blesses me. God knows our weaknesses; He knows how easy it is for us to be brought to dust. But He fills our fragile clay pots with His power, with His glory! That is why we are not crushed, forsaken, destroyed by the things that afflict us, persecute us, strike us down. When it seems like we are surrounded by pain, by loss, we see the Life of Christ manifest!
There has been a lot of hurt here this week; the pain of a tiny little life already suffering and the pain of a young life stolen away. And our Father, who knows us better than anyone, has healing, unique for each one of us. We are not forsaken and though we are bruised, we will heal!