To say that God has been good would be an incredible injustice to what we've witnessed and experienced over the past few months. I'll just start with that.
This past year has been a year of God teaching us that we're not in control and things happen for His purposes and in His timing. I can promise you that if anyone has learned a lesson in patience, God's goodness, and God's planning, it's me (Jared). So first off, we begged and pleaded for Him to heal Amy and protect her this passed week, and He's done so much more than anyone could've expected. We promised to give Him all of the glory and to always remind people that He is good....not our doctors, not our church, not medicine, or anyone involved....God gets the glory for this one.
As I prayed with Dr. Barnett and Amy before surgery (not much in this world better than a doctor who relies on the Lord and not his talents) two days ago, there was a peace in the room. A peace that we have felt so many times before....as if the Lord was reminding all three of us 'I've got this.' And so we trusted. As most of you have heard by now, Amy's surgery could not have gone any better. In fact, Dr. Barnett (our neurosurgeon) was thanked by our families, and immediately said, 'I believe we need to thank the good Lord for this one. (All glory to Him again!) We spent one night in ICU, one night in a 'regular' floor room, and today, at noon, we were driving home.
Can I remind you that 48 hours ago my wife was laying on an operating table with a very smart man's hands on her brain? Can I remind you that literally one week ago was the first we had heard that Amy would need surgery. Maybe I should tell you that even after Dr. Barnett came in to tell me the surgery went well he still expected we would spend close to a week in the hospital. It's all been miraculous.
So now, because of God's goodness, we are healing at home. It's much more comfortable. It's much more quiet. And I'm as good of a medicine giver as anyone! One for me...one for you! (just a joke) And because God has been so good to us....because His timing has worked so perfectly....we are praying hard that our daughter will be home from the Congo in just a few weeks! We need one piece of paper...about another week to 2 weeks of healing for Amy, and I should be able to hit the airport to bring home the little girl thousands of people have been praying for!
And when she gets home, mommy doesn't need surgery. When she gets home mommy will be all better and ready to love her. And would you like to know why? It's all because God is so good. He was good in the bad news, and He's just as good through all that this week has become!
So I know that hundreds of you, maybe thousands will be reading this. Amy has become somewhat of a well-known blogger over this past year, which still makes me laugh, and CONSTANTLY reminds me of how good God has been to us. Regardless of your faith today or where you come from....can I tell you that our faith in Christ has brought us through what seemed like the most difficult time we would ever experience. Our faith in Christ has brought us closer to Him and closer to our daughter. And we are so excited that, hopefully within the next few weeks, our faith in Christ and adoption in Him, will be illustrated through the adoption of the most beautiful baby girl from the Congo.
So continue to pray for Amy. She still has a long road ahead of her even though we are home so quickly....but the road we've already traveled serves as a beautiful reminder that our Savior is with us and His plan is so perfect. Thank you so much for all of the prayers for the love of my life! Thank you for visiting us, texting, sending flowers, facebooking, planning meals, and reminding Amy of how loved she is....it has meant the world to us, and has served as a great reminder that God has us right where He wants us!
Isaiah 40: 31 - 'They that wait upon the Lord will have their strength renewed. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not faint.
Whatever you're going through today....as one that has walked through a little fire this week...here's a little advice: Trust Him....you can't do it on your own!