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Proverbs 31 Devotion

January 20, 2006
“God Be Glorified”

Marybeth Whalen
Author, Proverbs 31 Speaker Team Member

Key Verse:
Exodus 15:26, “I am the Lord who heals you.” (NIV)

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  My cousin Missien came over the other day to visit and brought her little girl, one-year-oldn Meghan. Missie and her husband, John, had originally planned not to haven children, but unexpectedly decided to have just one after several years ofn being married. Our whole family was surprised and delighted for them, andn eagerly anticipated the birth of their daughter. After a normal pregnancy andn birth, the happy couple began to settle into normal life-but it quicklyn became clear that all was not normal for Meghan. Month after month she didn not grow and would not eat. She started to miss her normal developmentaln milestones. The doctors referred her to specialists, yet none could determinen just what was wrong with her. No matter how many developments medical sciencen makes, there are still many things doctors don’t understand about how Godn designed the human body.
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n Meghan now has a feeding tube and is in lots of therapy to help her maken advancements. Her skull is already fused and they cannot say what that willn mean about her brain growth in the future. She has been tested for severaln rare syndromes and Missie is consulting with a team from Duke Universityn Hospital on her care.n No one but God can say what lies in Meghan’s future, and it breaks the heartsn of those who know her and care for her and her parents. But that is just then back-story of my visit with my cousin the other day.
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n During our visit, Missie and I talked a lot about Meghan’s care and hern future. As the mother of a child who was also born with a rare syndrome thatn required special care, Missie often talks to me about the different concerns shen has. But this conversation was different. Instead of me inspiring andn comforting Missie, she was the one who comforted me with her resolve andn dependence on God’s will for her little girl. She told me that she veryn rarely allows herself to ask "Why?" But one day, she gave herselfn permission to have a pity party and ask God, "Why?" "And don you know what I feel like He told me," she asked. "I felt like Hen was saying to me that I am not supposed to understand what is going on withn Meghan. I am just supposed to know that Meghan’s life is for God’s glory. Andn when I realized that was His answer, it was enough. If someone else comes ton know God because of Meghan then that will make all of this worthwhile."”,1]
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Devotion:

  My cousin Missie came over the other day to visit and brought her little girl, one-year-old Meghan. Missie and her husband, John, had originally planned not to have children, but unexpectedly decided to have just one after several years of being married. Our whole family was surprised and delighted for them, and eagerly anticipated the birth of their daughter. After a normal pregnancy and birth, the happy couple began to settle into normal life-but it quickly became clear that all was not normal for Meghan. Month after month she did not grow and would not eat. She started to miss her normal developmental milestones. The doctors referred her to specialists, yet none could determine just what was wrong with her. No matter how many developments medical science makes, there are still many things doctors don’t understand about how God designed the human body.

Meghan now has a feeding tube and is in lots of therapy to help her make advancements. Her skull is already fused and they cannot say what that will mean about her brain growth in the future. She has been tested for several rare syndromes and Missie is consulting with a team from Duke University Hospital on her care. No one but God can say what lies in Meghan’s future, and it breaks the hearts of those who know her and care for her and her parents. But that is just the back-story of my visit with my cousin the other day.

During our visit, Missie and I talked a lot about Meghan’s care and her future. As the mother of a child who was also born with a rare syndrome that required special care, Missie often talks to me about the different concerns she has. But this conversation was different. Instead of me inspiring and comforting Missie, she was the one who comforted me with her resolve and dependence on God’s will for her little girl. She told me that she very rarely allows herself to ask “Why?” But one day, she gave herself permission to have a pity party and ask God, “Why?” “And do you know what I feel like He told me,” she asked. “I felt like He was saying to me that I am not supposed to understand what is going on with Meghan. I am just supposed to know that Meghan’s life is for God’s glory. And when I realized that was His answer, it was enough. If someone else comes to know God because of Meghan then that will make all of this worthwhile.”
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n Her words to me reminded me of the Scripture where Jesus’ disciples ask Himn about the blind man. John 9:1-3 says, "As he went along, he saw a mann blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man orn his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parentsn sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might ben displayed in his life.’"
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n Jesus was quick to assure the disciples that the only answer to that,n "Why?" question is, "For God’s glory." Missie hasn accepted that whether Meghan is healed or not, God will be glorified. Asn people are led to pray when they receive the email updates Missie sends, Godn is glorified. As doctors glimpse the faith and courage of this young mother,n God is glorified. As Meghan makes little improvements as a testimony to Hisn healing power, God is glorified. As her medical bills and needs aren miraculously covered so that Missie and John don’t have to worry, God isn glorified. As Missie’s heart is drawn closer to her home and her specialn little girl, God is glorified. As you read this devotional and are challengedn in your faith because of Meghan’s story, God is glorified.
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n All day I reflected on the lesson that Missie and her daughter taught me.n They are living out a challenge and I was blessed by their example. I thoughtn of the trials I face in my own life. Do I shake my fist towards the heavensn and ask, "Why?," or do I look for the ways that the work of God cann be displayed in my life, in and through my trials? Do I live out my faith byn accepting what God allows to come into my life-trusting that He has allowedn it according to His perfect plan and His glory? I am ashamed to admit thatn too many times, I have spun my wheels wanting to know "why?"n instead of anticipating what God is going to do as a result. The next time In am tempted to do that, I plan to think of Missie and Meghan and spend time inn prayer-thanking God for allowing me a glimpse of His glory, even when I don’tn understand. “,1]
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Her words to me reminded me of the Scripture where Jesus’ disciples ask Him about the blind man. John 9:1-3 says, “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'”

Jesus was quick to assure the disciples that the only answer to that, “Why?” question is, “For God’s glory.” Missie has accepted that whether Meghan is healed or not, God will be glorified. As people are led to pray when they receive the email updates Missie sends, God is glorified. As doctors glimpse the faith and courage of this young mother, God is glorified. As Meghan makes little improvements as a testimony to His healing power, God is glorified. As her medical bills and needs are miraculously covered so that Missie and John don’t have to worry, God is glorified. As Missie’s heart is drawn closer to her home and her special little girl, God is glorified. As you read this devotional and are challenged in your faith because of Meghan’s story, God is glorified.

All day I reflected on the lesson that Missie and her daughter taught me. They are living out a challenge and I was blessed by their example. I thought of the trials I face in my own life. Do I shake my fist towards the heavens and ask, “Why?,” or do I look for the ways that the work of God can be displayed in my life, in and through my trials? Do I live out my faith by accepting what God allows to come into my life-trusting that He has allowed it according to His perfect plan and His glory? I am ashamed to admit that too many times, I have spun my wheels wanting to know “why?” instead of anticipating what God is going to do as a result. The next time I am tempted to do that, I plan to think of Missie and Meghan and spend time in prayer-thanking God for allowing me a glimpse of His glory, even when I don’t understand.
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n My Prayer forn Today:
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Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for Your healing of Meghan and thatn You would comfort Missie and John at this time. I thank You for the examplen they have shown me, and ask that You help me to apply this example in my ownn life. I thank You that You work all things according to Your glory, as Your Wordn says. Please comfort me during trials and help me to glimpse Your work beingn displayed through my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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My Prayer for Today:
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for Your healing of Meghan and that You would comfort Missie and John at this time. I thank You for the example they have shown me, and ask that You help me to apply this example in my own life. I thank You that You work all things according to Your glory, as Your Word says. Please comfort me during trials and help me to glimpse Your work being displayed through my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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