And my mind knew what my heart felt.
From that day forward I have had the privilege of watching a family choose life. Her life.
Their story is long and complicated. It is full of twists and turns. Full of setbacks and problems. From the beginning, pain and suffering were commonplace in this story. I watched every plot twist unfold and have had the privilege to first hand witness the orchestrating of God's mighty hand in their lives. The family chose life. At all costs. The financial burdens, the paperwork, the stress, the hours and hours on their knees in prayer, the questions, the hard answers, the extra work, the extra time, the extra everything it required of them to make that decision. They even chose more life. That arm and leg and one quarter of head in the picture- that little boy is part of the story too. They chose his life as well.
Last night, that little girl, Zoe, had Jesus call her home. In the midst of a complicated and trying surgical procedure, all the medical intervention couldn't sustain her life here on earth, and Jesus chose to call her home.
The pain and intense heartache I can't even begin to fathom. The tears I've cried over this little girl are nothing compared to the mama who chose her life, to the family that fought for her life.
Many thoughts flood my mind. Almost every thought brings me to my knees and to tears. May this little girl's life remind me why we live the way we live. May her life remind me why we have the children we have. Why we support the ministries we support. May her life remind me, human life, is precious and to be celebrated and to be chosen. Always. Made in Christ's image each life is, and HE is always to be chosen, always to be celebrated, always to be praised. Every single sacrifice, every financial burden, every amount of suffering is always worth it. Life is always to be valued.
Zoe's mama chose life.
Zoe's daddy chose life.
Zoe's family chose life.
They penned these words to remember: (click here to read the full post)
So how much is a life worth? Ask Jesus. He gave everything. This tiny bit I'm giving right now?!? It pales in comparison. I pray that I'll remember that when this day is done.
I pray for this family- that
"the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
I pray that it may be true of me, that I choose life. That this family chooses life. No matter the cost, no matter the suffering, no matter the ridicule, no matter the culture, no matter the expense, even if it costs our own lives, I pray it to be true.
We choose life.