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All these things shall be for thy good...

posted Feb 3, 2014, 6:45 AM by Christine Merrill
I want to write about a scary experience we had recently...
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My oldest son, Lige, is 9 years old.  He is smart, obedient, and has a great sense of humor.  He loves to play the piano, read, and help other people, especially his mom.  He's a pretty great kid.  About a month ago, we woke up to the sound of someone gagging.  My husband, having Super-Dad reflexes, was in Lige's room in approximately a nano-second to catch the throw-up. I followed at a mere mortal pace to see if I could help.  I said, "Are you ok, Lige?"  Marriner responded for him, "He's having a seizure." 

Besides not knowing what to do (fortunately, my husband has more experience than I and knew to keep an eye on th clock and just wait it out) I felt very unsure about what to feel.  As I tried to think about what this meant for Lige, I thought about all the restrictions that seizures can put on your life: having to take medications, not being able to drive, maybe not being able to go on a mission or move away from home, etc.  I thought of my brilliant and good boy with so much potential..was I watching it all go down the drain?

Lige woke up, and he and my husband went to the hospital, leaving me alone with my thoughts at 4am.  I couldn't shake the thought that this was really going to change Lige's whole course in life.  But then, the Holy Ghost whispered a wonderful and comforting thought to me:  I'm not the only one who thinks that Lige is something pretty special.  God already knows it, and I can trust that whatever happens in Lige's life, God will use for the most good.  If it will do the most good for Lige to grow up and serve a mission and lead a healthy life, then God will do it.  If it will do the most good for Lige to be a light on the hill by overcoming challenges, then God will do that.  But I can trust that God is NOT going to waste our talents and potential.  He is going to maximize them as far as we will let him!

At this point, the seizure wasn't so scary.  Lige was at risk of losing his health, but nothing truly important was at risk.  By the time Lige got home from the hospital with a good report and an order to get some further testing, it seemed about as dramatic as an ear infection.  I'm happy to report that it seems like this was just one of those flukes that sometimes happen in a developing brain, and probably won't be life-changing after all. 

What a great thought:  God is not going to let our potential for good go to waste.  The scripture says, "..know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."  Not only can I trust that my experiences will be for my good, I can know that they will be for the most good.  For the good of the whole world.  That's pretty amazing.