Monday, August 23, 2010

God's Timing

Happy 15th months in Heaven sweet Vayden, although this post is for you I'm also taking the time to pay my respects to another sweet angel that was welcomed into Heaven just a few days ago. I hope that you are showing him around & being nice, he is a friend of the family.

Before losing Vayden I tried my hardest to look at death as God's Timing, a way to sweeten the bitterness of the loss. But I really only felt that way in peaceful cases of loss, the things you read and see on the news always make me wonder about using the phrase "God's Timing". I was taught to not question God on anything he does. He is my father, I am to obey and he knows what is right for me. When Vayden died I never questioned him but I did let him know how I felt about the situation. So much has come out of Vayden's death, some good, some bad but understanding his loss was easy for me. Justifying his case that it was all in God's Timing is easy, but what happens when it's not?

A friend of the family found their 3 yr old son in the pool a few days ago, this was an accident, a very tragic accident. When I was pregnant I would always focus on a few major facts....that Vayden was a planned pregnancy and that I did everything right. People often want to assume that maybe I was on something or I caused Vayden to have what he had. It's important that they understand that even good parents have a stroke of bad luck every now and then. This is also the case with this family, great parents and then in a moment bad luck.

The night we found out I couldn't sleep, my heart ached for the family but I sat unsettled with God that evening. I just couldn't get it! For the first time I actually asked "Why?". I felt horrible about it as we drove to visit the family on Sunday but I couldn't shake the feeling that passing everything off as "God's Timing" and "God's Will" would make things better. I understand that he wont come back, and I know I'm not going to get an answer. I also know that this may bring something beautiful to the world just as Vayden's loss brought My Very Own Angel.

It just breaks my heart every time I think about it and it opened up a new door for my journey through grief and healing, because on that day I really realized that there is a difference in each case of loss. There we sat with a family that also lost their 2nd son, we were supposed to know their pain, but Van and I both were without words. We knew that although we had something in common we lacked the unfortunate experience they went through. Our son died peacefully in our arms, and their son did not.

I now see that I'm great to support a family that is faced with carrying to term or early infant loss, but I'm still uneasy with using the phrase "God's Timing" in other cases of loss that involve children and tragic events.

God please hold on tight to this family as they walk this journey through loss, grief and healing.


  1. Praying for the family that lost there 3 yr old son. It is sad and my heart breaks for them.
    Happy 15 months in Heaven Vayden.


  2. I am so sorry to hear of your friend's loss. My heart breaks for them. A long journey awaits them. One I wish no other family had to take.

  3. I just shuddered when I read about your friends' son. These stories just break my heart. I'm so sorry - they will be in my prayers. Hugs to you as you remember sweet Vayden and his 15 month anniversary in Heaven.

  4. We are taught to believe that when someone dies it's God's timing and His will but I do not believe that illness or death is EVER God's will or best plan for us. Illness and death is the cause of the Fall and it's brought on by the Enemy. Yes, God is in ultimate control but the Enemy is more powerful then we like to believe. I do believe that God can take an awful situation like the death of children and help us learn from it, comfort us, heal us but I do not believe it's His perfect will.....I am so sorry for the loss of yet another precious child. But perhaps you can speak into their lives better then anyone else because you know the pain their hearts are feeling right now!

  5. I'm so sorry about your friend. I will pray for them as I'm sure it is such a difficult time for them. Hearing of friends losing their children is very hard.