As this season of our lives comes to a close and the new season of our family growing together begins, I can’t help but find reassurance in knowing that in complete and utter emotional and physical exhaustion, God stands in that gap for us when we cannot be complete. This experience has made me a changed man. I’ve never been a very patient individual, but 80 days of your family in the hospital can transform a guy. Day after day, week after week we waited. We prayed. We visited. We laughed. We cried. We ate ice cream. But most of all we never stopped loving each other, and making sure everyone knew that one day soon, we would be able to move on, and go home. Together.
40 days seems to be the biblical standard for endurance trials. We were blessed enough to go through that back-to-back. I say blessed because we know how strong it has made us, and how strong it has made our marriage. Without this season, we may never have found out how strong we truly are, and may have been prone to give up early on something if it seemed too hard, or too far away, or too scary, or too unpopular.
I remember Ashlie saying once that we can be fearless when we know in whom to place our fear.
Perfect love expels all fear.
Jesus gave us the example of perfect love and fear working together when He sacrificed himself for us. Do not live in fear. Place your fear in Him, and live in His love.