“The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; upon them he has set the world.” I Samuel 2:6-8
Keith and Tracey Jones became pregnant with their fourth child, a son. Soon into their pregnancy, the doctors informed them that something was terribly wrong and that the baby could not live after he was born. Terminating the pregnancy was not an option for Keith and Tracey. This was a life begun by God, and God would have to end it. I cannot imagine the agony of feeling the baby moving and kicking inside the womb, knowing that outside the womb, he would die. Little Isaac actually did live for an hour, now living in heaven forever. He went to sleep in the arms of Tracey and woke up in the arms of Jesus. But why? Why did Keith and Tracey have to endure this pain? Sometimes God allows us to know the reason behind our pain, but more times than not, we do not know why. But there is another Father who knew that His Son would die after only a brief time on this earth. God gave us His Son Jesus, knowing there was a cruel cross in His future. His Son would be despised and rejected, and then murdered. Keith and Tracey may now know a little of how God must have felt knowing His Son’s future. The bittersweet joy of birth and new life intertwined with pain. They have an amazing insight that none of the rest of us can possibly know. God trusted them with this part of His heart. God sent His Son because He loved us, so the purpose was clear. Keith and Tracey’s story may seem meaningless, but not so. Theirs is an amazing story of unselfish, unconditional love. It is a reflection of another unselfish, unconditional love in hopes of saving the world. One love that knew why: another that does not, both trusting that their sacrifice would point to our Father God. The death of two innocence sons, both short lives that continue to speak volumes to the world. And is it not amazing how our mighty God can take such pain and turn it into joy. Thank God today that He can turn our mourning into dancing.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Dedicated to Mr. Isaac Trace Jones