Where is God? Why did he let this happen? Why won’t he do something about this?

These are the questions my wife and I were asking a few weeks ago when our daughter was intubated and rushed to St. Francis children’s hospital by ambulance. We were there 11 days fighting 3 severe respiratory viruses and pneumonia.

I’ve been on many hospital visits and prayed with families through difficult situations. But when it’s your own, it can be difficult to recall the words you’ve encouraged other people with. Everything we could see and hear told us to doubt, to worry, and to expect the worst. You see, that’s what the enemy does. He uses what’s happening in the physical to shape what we believe.

At the end of ourselves, unable to do anything to help her, we chose to trust God. I use the word “chose” intentionally, because that decision didn’t come naturally. It wasn’t easy. Instead of letting our situation change our faith, we let our faith change our situation.

I thank God that Ellie is home now and doing much better, but I want to make one thing clear.

God is good, not just because Ellie is healed. God is good, because He is God.

We can’t have conditions for God that determine whether or not we worship Him. I’m thankful His love and sacrifice didn’t have any conditions attached to it. We must choose to trust God whatever the circumstance, not only when it’s easy or convenient. He is faithful. He is good. At all times and in every situation.

We experienced an overwhelming peace that didn’t make sense. We had a hope that went beyond our ability. We had strength that carried us through it all. This is the God we serve. Whatever crisis comes your way, know that you can trust Him too.


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.