There is a significant minority of people in this world who believe that because they have faith, God will give them what they ask for. These same people face a terrible crisis of faith when things don’t turn out their way.
There is a reason that Jesus taught us to pray in this way:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Thy Kingdom, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
I have learned in times of crisis to pray this over and over again, “Not my will God, but Your’s be done.” It is excruciating, it is painful, but it turns out to be for the best. Your Will God, not mine, be done. I am fallen, I am human, my will is in full submission to Your’s.
The Byrd family allowed sweet Lydia to be delivered into our Lord’s loving embrace. Viewing pics of her last hours on this earth made my heart feel as though it was being ripped out. Witnessing sweet Lydia and her family submit to God’s will as their greatest act of faith has reminded me of how important the acceptance of leaving everything to God is. That true submission is freedom. Lydia is in a place now where there is no chemo or radiation, no needles and no hospitals. She is healed. Is if “fair” that God chose to take her, a beautiful little girl? No, it’s not “fair.” But life isn’t fair and having faith in God does not change that. He is just in ways we will never understand because of our fallen state, because of our imperfection. So too we cannot contemplate the reward for our faithfulness that undoubtedly awaits us at the end of our earthly journey. Requiescat in Pace sweet Lydia.