Yesterday our friend Linny from A Place Called Simplicity shared that a friend of hers, a sweet mom of fifteen children (8 adopted from Africa died. Her life was cut short. This kind of tragedy takes our breath away. It makes us hold tighter to those we love as we try to comprehend with shock the death of someone who's young life reflected a heart for Jesus. Besides having a love for the orphan, she and her husband Brad were part of a mission ministry. They walked with God every step of the way. They live three hours from us here in Iowa.
On Facebook and her blog, many have commented as they try to wrap their minds around the loss this family is facing. More than one person believed it was "ordained" by God. Others felt there must be a bigger purpose for God to allow or take this mom from her family. Others are praying God can somehow use this for good. Another said Jenny was such an angel on earth that for sure she is one in heaven now. Different people expressing different beliefs about her death.
Joel and I do not believe God ordained Jenny's death. We believe her life was cut short, but not by God. We believe we live in a broken world, corrupted by sin. A world where the devil roams about like a lion seeking who he may devour. We believe God had a plan for Jenny to live a long life as His child, fulfilling His purpose for her. Yet she did not, and questions go unanswered.
During times like these we need to focus on what we do know about God, and what we know can be found in Scripture. We know that He is a loving God who sent His son to die on the cross for our sins and sicknesses because He loves us so very much. We know that bad things happen to good people. We know that God is faithful! We know that God collects our tears in a bottle and that He weeps when we weep. We know that when we accept Jesus as our Savior we have eternal life and that even in death we have the victory. Victory is ours! Victory is Jenny's.
Today I ask that you pray for Brad and their 15 children as they cope and grieve the loss of his wife and their mother. We pray for all those who love Jenny and we pray for the legacy she leaves behind to outshine the tragedy that has unfolded. We pray her heart for Jesus overflows into the hearts of others. She was an inspiration for us all.