One of the readings from this past weekend included the miracle of Jesus healing the man born blind. John Chapter 9. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him."
I can't help but ask this same question for our family, "Rabbi, who sinned this girl or her parents that she was born with a cleft?" Was there something I did? My husband did? Could we have prevented it? These seem like difficult questions to answer. Yet, Jesus does not leave even the difficult questions unanswered.
Jesus answered, "neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him." Already I have seen the works of God made visible through the birth of our daughter. The first and most important is the God worked in our hearts to change us to want another child! No small thing for two people who really were committed to "God willing, no more children." But slowly and surely, God opened our eyes to the possibility of new life for our family. A wonderful work of God to start with.
Most recent is this particular reading. It fell to this year, in the Church cycle of readings to be included. God, in his mercy, knew what words of encouragement we would need. Precisely when we would need them. He does care about every little detail.
What other works of God will be made visible through our daughters life, I do not know yet. Surely as Jesus healed the blind man for his good purpose, I know my daughter's future is in his hands and I Trust In Him.