I know the story of another couple, also newly married and full of hopes and dreams, who, after praying for a child and surviving the struggle of infertility treatments, received the joyous news that they too were expecting a baby. At their first ultrasound appointment, that joy was magnified triple-fold when three tiny heartbeats appeared on the screen. “Just let them be healthy,” was the unison prayer lifted that day.
In John 9:1-3 we read, “As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. ‘Teacher,’ his disciples asked him, ‘why was this man born blind? Was it the result of his own sin or that of his parents?’
Instantly, the way I imagine it, a curse had been turned to honor. Grief to privilege. Sorrow to joy! Imagine the realization for that couple, of suddenly knowing that before he was even born, their son had been chosen by God to reveal Christ’s glory and power. That his years of heartache and rejection had only been for God’s good. That they had never done anything so wrong to deserve that fate, but that they had actually been chosen for that struggle, for that purpose, and for God’s beautiful plan.
I’d love to tell you that Christ personally came to that other young couple and revealed why their son had to die at only six days of age, but He did not. That is OK. They don’t need to know. All they have to do is trust that nothing in their life is outside of His watchful eye. Everything can be used for His glory.