I've always loved the picture in my mind that goes with the concept of a ripple effect. You drop a pebble into a pond (lake, whatever) and waves are sent out in every direction as far as the water goes. I can remember during the early days after finding out about Jordan's potential challenges but still being unsure of what the future holds. By God's grace alone I was genuinely excited, looking forward to what God would do through this situation - the ripples that would come from this. Knowing without a doubt that God ordains and allows every single detail in this world (see the Holy Bible for proof which is reliable, sufficient, and without error), I knew that He could redeem even a situation that appeared to be the most challenging I've faced yet (and there have been some biggies). :) God promises to work all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. I am certain of my relationship with God through Jesus and therefore I can only look ahead eagerly to even the direst of circumstances. He will work it out!
In the beginning I couldn't wait to see who God would bless and work on through this. Logging on and reading a comment to my last post titled "Bittersweet" I was SOO encouraged. God is indeed using our trials to spur on others. Adrienne (the girl/woman who posted) said that she has been following our blog since Jordan was an infant! That blows me away. She is a missionary in Guatemala who takes care of children with clefts. She has been encouraged by my blog and by God's work in our lives. This is one example of how God has used our circumstances for other believer's good. I may never meet Adrienne but I am so thankful for her comment and the encouragement that it gave me. It really encourages me to post more often so watch out everyone. :) I'm getting my life organized right now and I'm going to schedule in a bit of time every few days to blog.