Whenever you try and predict the future, remember the past. (Tim Kuck)
Marie began her presentation sharing a little bit about her life journey, coming to Christ as a young adult, serving in the two year old class as a new zealous Christian, attending Wheaton College and getting married. In a season of tragedy and brokenness, her husband went home to be with the Lord and Marie was left to take over the youth group they were leading by herself. Later, she remarried and had three children. Their third child, Nathaniel was born with special needs.
At this point in Marie’s story, I was so drawn in that I forgot to blog. Her story of Nathaniel’s life and eventual home-going at four years old was so compelling and touching that I just had to stop and listen.
When Nathaniel had a “change of address”, Marie said, “We kind of wanted to put that whole chapter aside. It hurt so much. We kind of wanted to move away from that memory and situation. But that wasn’t God’s plan. Out of this tragedy, Nathaniel’s Hope was founded.”
Life’s not fair. Sometimes you think that you should only have to suffer one big trial, but that’s not always the case. Trials help us to determine if we really believe what we say we believe. God will use those hard places to lead with great conviction and great power in your life. It helps us remember that we can do nothing without God.
This organization does several things to help families with special needs (check out their official site here). From birthday parties to training respite providers, there is a lot going on at this place. Marie shared a few stories and pictures and talked about the vision that propelled volunteers to help with this organization.
Finding God’s Purpose Through Trials
When we have trials, are we going to become bitter or better? We’ve got to view these hardships with God’s vision.
Though Nathaniel’s life was short, he had an incredible purpose. God has a plan for you too! The Bible tells us, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21). Life might not always go as we hope. But God has a plan. Let’s get plugged into God’s vision.