"I went through this loss; I went through this really terrible, faith trying time. But God is so good and redemptive that He would use our stories to help other people." - Amanda
Amanda's dad was busy with all the usual activities and responsibility that come with raising a family. Little by little though, he noticed something was wrong. He had trouble buttoning his shirt and even lost his footing and fell. Visits to the doctor were frustrating because he was getting weaker and weaker and they couldn't figure out what was happening. Eventually, he went to Mayo Clinic and was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), a progressive, incurable condition that causes profound muscle weakness.
Watching her strong, independent father become dependent and progress to using a wheelchair was hard for Amanda and her family. Eventually, his breathing became difficult and required a tracheostomy causing difficulty with communication. She found it was hard to be around him because she felt so sad and didn't know what to do. Amanda honestly admits there were times she questioned God's faithfulness. She would ask God, "why my father?" and "why me?"
Amanda's parents were Christian's and stayed faithful. Despite his death, Amanda can see God's hand at work in her life and knows that someday she will see her dad again in heaven.
Words to Live By:
"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV).
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV).
The Reason for God -Tim Keller