Psalm 139:15.16 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Today, my heart is full of grief for a young family because I know the pain of losing toddlers. This young family lost a three-year-old in a tragic accident. The adults are numb with grief and guilt. There are so many “if only’s” and “why didn’t I’s…” bearing down on their minds and souls. A five-year-old witnessed the death of the toddler. Can you imagine the trauma?
And where is God in all this? He is in the midst of it. He knew this child before the child was conceived. He knit the members together in secret in the mother’s womb. And he knew the moment of this child’s last breath before the child took the first one. He is right beside the grieving parents, if they are able to reach out for him. He is beside the five-year-old who saw everything, ready to comfort and to hold this surviving child close.
We may never know why this happened. But we know that God is in the middle of it, redeeming what seems to be the ultimate tragedy to create something good. For whom or when, we don’t know yet. But there is a tapestry to our lives. Only God sees the pattern. We see only the tangled under threads.
Let us pray for the family in this tragedy.
Father, God, We ask that you be with this grieving family – and all other families in grief this day. Help them to feel your comforting presence in this difficult time. Grant that those of us around them be sensitive to their needs, supporting them in prayer, and being any helping hand needed. In Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.