Someone is not satisfied with what they have, with boring work to make money. They decide breaking into a house makes sense. Quick cash. Easy entry, with the couple that lives there gone in vacation. They enter cautiously, then proceed to tear the house apart. They destroy precious keepsakes, they empty drawers in their pursuit for possessions, they blatantly disregard the large pictures of the happy couple living in the house, newly married, just making a new life together for themselves and their baby boy on the way. The carefully painted chevron nursery walls, waiting for the precious baby, done by the daddy’s careful hands, the touches of love around the home mean nothing. The house is ransacked. And then, the owners return. Just at the wrong moment, just as they’re hauling the loot out of the house, the car drives up. The man is protective of his wife and unborn child, and has dropped them off at a friend’s house when something feels wrong about his own. He pulls up, sees what’s going on, and calls 911. Of course, the burglars can’t risk getting caught, so they fire shots, six to be exact. Unfortunately, they can aim, and one of the deadly bullets enters the man’s head, lodging behind his eye. His wife hears the volley of shots, and help is quickly called. The man is airlifted to the hospital, and lies unconscious, a day, two days, three, four… His wife sits beside him, carrying his unborn child, watching his motionless, bruised face, and waiting. Waiting for her husband to return, for the man she loves to wake up, to see what damage has been done. And we, his friends and family, we all wonder why? Why him? He has so much to live for, people depending on him. Why not me, why not someone else?
But throughout the pain and the questioning, God is faithful. Marcus exceeds the doctors’ expectations. He lives, despite having only a five percent chance of doing so. His brain has pressure, but people pray, and he stabilizes once more. He responds occasionally to stimulation, but he is far from out of danger. However, we see God’s Grace in his wife’s serene face, in her smile in the middle of so much pain. We see God’s mercy in the people all around, the thousands of people praying around the world, the overwhelming load of food baskets, and support and care throughout the community. We don’t know why, but we know God does. And we know that someday everything, even this senseless shooting, will make sense to us. And we know that God will get glory through this. We believe.
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