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Immerse: Beginnings, Week 2

Have you ever been in a situation or experienced a circumstance where all you could do was just sit back and laugh because of what was going on? Personally, I have been in these types of situations multiple times.

Once was when Julie and I found out we were having twins. We went to the first ultrasound appointment and saw on the screen two little peanuts. Even before the doctor said anything, we knew – we were going to be parents of twins. All we could do was laugh. Yes, there were some tears involved, but we just laughed at the situation because here we were, a 23 and 24-year-old about to be parents to twins. The doctor even found it funny and chuckled before a word left her mouth.

Another time was just four months ago at the beginning of October. Julie took Annabelle, our oldest daughter, to a doctor’s appointment because she was concerned something might be wrong with Annabelle medically. Her motherly instinct was right on. As it turned out, Annabelle’s blood sugar was up in the 400’s and her A1c was 11.5. She was officially diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We spent the night in the PICU, then two more days in the hospital until her numbers were normal, and Julie and I knew how to take care of her at home. Obviously, we weren’t laughing at the time, but now looking back on it, we laugh at what we went through because it’s so hard to believe we are T1D parents.

With both of these instances, all we could do was laugh and ask God, “Are you sure you know what you’re doing? Do you really trust us to be parents of twins? Do you really trust us to be parents to a daughter with T1D? Are you really sure about this?” These questions ran through my head then and continue to do so now. Does God really know what He is doing?

I think it is safe to say, Julie and I aren’t the only ones who have laughed at God in amusement because of certain situations in our lives. When you look back at the reading this week, you can read on page 23 and 24 of Immerse: Beginnings, both Abraham and Sarah laughed at God because of what He was about to bless them with: a baby. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when God approached them and told them they would be parents. This announcement was met with laughter and them asking the question, “How can I become a parent at such an old age?” With the outrageous scenario about to unfold in their lives, all they could do was laugh and question if God really knew what He was doing, which, of course, He did.

We’ve all been put in situations where we question God about the direction He wants our life to go. We ask Him, “Are you sure you know what you’re doing? I know my life, and this doesn’t sound right. Are you sure?” The thing we should always remember is God, does indeed, know what He is doing. He’s been leading lives for forever. Next time, instead of laughing and questioning, we can just laugh and answer with an okay because we trust He knows exactly what He is doing even if we don’t.

- Josh Colvin