‘Everything happens for a reason…..’
I have never liked this saying, particularly when used in faith circles. It grates me and unintentionally paints a picture of a cruel and callous God who makes terrible things happen just to prove a point. Looking at Ellie today with a long line in one arm, a cannula in the other and a second cannula due to be put in (for her upcoming blood transfusion), it was quite clear to me that there was not a good reason that had ultimately orchestrated this girl’s torturous start to life.
I do believe however that there is some merit in the saying. From my experience it translates a little better as follows:
‘God can create a reason from anything if you allow it.’
As difficult as the last 11 days have been, the good that has come from this struggle is overwhelming in itself. Even as I write this post unsure of Ellie’s future, the amount of lives she and her sister have touched is undeniable. The generosity and goodness of those around us has been amazing, the amount of people called to prayer is astounding and the countless family, friends and strangers who have been rallying behind the girls is incredible. Even today several people have been inspired to give blood to the community after hearing about Ellie’s blood transfusion!
At times it has been tempting to become reclusive and hide the difficulties from everyone but we have never once been let down by sharing our vulnerabilities. As painful as it can be I feel God calling us to offer up these trials and allow a greater good to come from it.