Many people think that Christians praise God out of convenience but lately, I met friends who proved to me that we can and should praise the Lord Jesus even amid struggles.
Philip and Rebecca met at university, where Philip was studying engineering and Rebecca medicine. During their first year of study, through different circumstances, they became Christians. They both realized that they had a problem of wrong within themselves, and their most pressing need was to respond to God’s love for sinners, expressed through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Becoming Christians made a huge difference to them, as they experienced God’s forgiveness in their lives. They began to read the Bible and see its relevance to their lives. Not long after graduation, they were married and set up home.
They had four children within five years. Hannah was first, followed closely by Amy, Josh and finally Daniel. At first things seemed as normal as they could be with young children in the home, but when Amy was about three, Philip and Rebecca began to realize that her development was different from that of her older sister Hannah. She appeared to be hyperactive, had continual ear problems and never slept through the night.
Amy eventually started nursery school and then moved on into reception class at primary school. She was always affectionate and very popular with pupils and teachers alike. It was during this year, however, that her problems became more noticeable and she started to fall further behind her peers at school. She could barely put a few words together, would only scribble and did not concentrate on the tasks she was given to do.
During the weeks that followed life continued relatively normally, but gradually Rebecca started to believe that there was something seriously wrong. And so began the roller coaster emotions as the family faced the fact that Amy would not have a normal life. As a Christian Rebecca believed that God was in control, but the pain was still real.
“Through it all there was something else, which supported us and kept us going. We were acutely aware of the presence of God in a very real way,” says Philip. “While at university we had both come to trust in Christ for forgiveness of sin. Since then He had made a real difference in our lives as we tried, with His help, to walk with Him and live for Him. Now, in the midst of difficult times, we had a great sense of His strengthening and upholding hand upon our lives. Although we couldn’t understand why this should happen to us, we found that we were able to trust God fully. We are confident that God does not make mistakes and that although things can be difficult, He is with us in all the difficulties.”