Fully Healed

A couple of friends of mine lost their baby this afternoon. He had been born with severe birth defects and the odds were stacked against him from the very first day, but he was a little fighter and survived as long as his frail little body would allow.

My heart hurts for my friends. My heart aches for all the loss and suffering in my family and friends lately and for all the devastation from natural disasters around the world.

I honestly don’t understand why little babies die. I don’t know why some are stillborn. It’s beyond my ability to comprehend why there is so much suffering in the world, especially in the lives of those people of faith.

I do know that God is good. I’ve chosen to stake my life upon the notion that God is great and God is good. This world may be a fallen, broken place, but I believe with all my being that the story never ends with brokenness and ashes and grief.

I know that little baby is home. I know he is whole and perfect in a way that he could never be in this life — or anyone else could ever hope to be. He is more alive right now than you or I could possibly imagine. He’s seeing Jesus face to face.

I know that the last page of God’s story is good because I’ve read it. I know that in the end the redeemed will sing of how God overcame and made all things good and right once and for all. I know that Heaven will not be the end of the story but its real beginning. As C. S. Lewis put it, all of centuries of history will have only been the preface and the title page, after which follows the Great Story where each proceeding chapter is better and more fulfilling than the last.

“All the way my Savior leads me
Who have I to ask beside
How could I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living Bread

You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me

All the way my Savior leads me
Oh, the fullness of His love
Oh, the sureness of His promise
In the triumph of His blood
And when my spirit clothed immortal
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
Jesus led me all the way

All the way my Savior leads me
All the way my Savior leads me” (Fanny J. Crosby, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redmon).

All the way my Savior leads me
All the way my Savior leads me” (Fanny Jane Crosby, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redmon)

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