So that's why!
Have you ever had one of those moments? A "so that's why" moment. You know that moment I am talking about! Something happens and it was not what you were wanting or hoping for and you wonder why God chose to do things that way. Then later on something else happens and you know immediately that is why you didn't get your way before. I heard a really wonderful story about a "So that's why" moment and I thought it was worth sharing.
We have been visiting a Church the last few Sundays and are really beginning to feel this may be the church God is calling us to make our new church home. Because of this we are taking time to talk with the Pastor and get to know a little more about the church. This past Sunday night we were told a story about a family there. About 2 or 3 years ago the mother was in the parking lot of a store with her baby. I don't remember how old the baby girl was but she was only a few months old because she was still in a baby carseat (you know, the kind that you can take out of the car and has a handle to carry the baby in the seat). The baby was in the seat and the mom pulled the seat out of the car. She put the seat on the shopping cart she had pulled over to the car and turned to get something else out.
In life things can happen in a split second without warning or reason. The seat fell out of the cart and hit the asphalt upside-down. I am not sure if there was any obvious damage to the baby that made the mom go to the ER or if it was just the fear of a new mom but she picked the baby up and rushed to the closest ER.
The Doctor ordered an MRI and when it came back he saw nothing to be concerned about and the family was waiting to be discharged. Meanwhile another doctor (I think they said he was a neurologist) who was a member of the church happened to be walking by and saw the name of the child on the board. He sought out the family to find out what was going on and asked to see the film of the MRI. When he examined the film he found a tiny tumor around the base of the brain stem. It was caught early and after surgery and treatments the little girl is doing very well.
Had the carseat not fallen the tumor might not have been caught until it was too late to save her.
You know, we really tend to fuss and gripe about the things in our life that don't go the way we think they should. We forget that God is ALL KNOWING. He may need to allow that difficult time in our life in order to clear the way for the good thing that he wants to bring about. Sometimes we have the blessing of seeing and understanding that "So that's why" moment and sometimes we never know why. Either way God doesn't leave us so we have to keep pressing forward in faith knowing that God knows why and that is all that matters. It's not an easy task by any means, but it is the right one.