Humbled in the Face of Affliction

You are never too old to be humbled.

Isaiah 48:10 “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”

Many of you might already know of my daughter’s upcoming open heart surgery on Thursday, December 14, 2017. As a child of the King, I know this is in His hands. I trust Him. But…as a mother, I must admit I hold some fear. Mother’s are supposed to take care of their children. That’s how God made us! Yet, even as my cherished child is facing this affliction, she has been praying for me! I am humbled.

She, too, is a mother, so she understands how a mother’s heart works. And she prays for me. And I am humbled. I am the mother. Praying is what I do. I pray for her, for her health, and for every aspect of her life. I have done this since I first knew of her existence, knit in my womb, placed into my care by God.

That’s what mothers do.

I cry when I realize I am the recipient of her prayers as she faces this operation which will save her life.

I’m puzzled when the doctors ask me if she ever had Rheumatic Fever. Never did any of her doctors diagnose her with this childhood disease. She was always struggling with health issues, troubled by multiple bouts of bronchitis, strep throat, and pneumonia, but never did I hear the words rheumatic fever. But rheumatic fever is what causes mitral valve stenosis.

I question how this happened. Did I miss something along the way? Ah, but this is Satan whispering in my ear. And I must not listen. Whatever happened, happened. And now she is now going through a fire.

God promises that even though He allows us to go into the fire, He will never leave our side. He will walk through it with us. If He brings us to it, He will bring us through it. And that is where my trust is tonight.

My daughter is being refined. She is being transformed. She is one of God’s miracles and He is going to do another miracle with her. When she comes out on the other side, it will be to His glory! She is a living testimony of how God prepares us to bring honor to Him.

Right now God is holding me up. I feel as if I’m riding on His wings, flying as the eagle flies through a storm. This, I believe, is not only about my faith, but about my daughter’s faith and her prayers for me.

I kneel in His presence…human, hopeful and humbled.


Humbled in the Face of Affliction — 2 Comments

  1. My prayers are with you and your daughter. I know prayers work because I have seen good things come from prayer. Blessing to you and your family. Hugs and Love.

    • Thank you, Cindy! Merry Christmas and may God’s blessings be abundant upon you and yours. Love,
      Carol Ann

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