I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. – Psalm 139:14
My eyes feast on the beauties all around me: the glories of nature, children laughing and playing, and the faces of my
loved ones. I may have never seen these sights had the Lord not intervened . . .
I walk hand in hand with my husband, enjoying the sights and smells around us, talking, laughing, and strolling along. This, too, I could have missed,
had the Lord not undertaken . . .
Sitting at my desk at work, I pore over letters and articles written in a language I do not totally understand, but little by little my knowledge of it
increases. If not for the Lord . . .
Why do I marvel at these blessings? I was born with rubella. I also had Meningitis, caused by that particular strain of rubella. The effects of rubella
can be devastating to a baby, causing blindness and other serious physical and mental handicaps.
Shortly after I was born, my mother realized I was not well. She took me to the hospital, and I had to stay for a time. When I was finally well enough
to go home, my mother was told that I should not be taken out in public until I was six months old. I could not even go to church or to the grocery
store! However, God was not done with me. He let my mother know that He would heal me, and He did just that. Before the six months were up, the doctor
released me to be taken out normally.
The Lord has given me many privileges throughout my life, including the ability to play the violin in our church orchestra and to sing in the choir. These
are not things that would be expected of a “rubella baby,” but God is a great Healer, and He had His own plans for my life. My desire is to be in the
middle of those plans, doing exactly what He wants of me.
God’s love to each of us is the same, and He has an equally wonderful plan for every one of our lives. Think about all the good things He has done for
you, and encourage a friend by sharing with them today.