Did you know Teddy’s middle name is Joseph? Theodore Joseph.
We were originally going to give him the middle name of Aaron, in honor of my parents’ baby, who died. Then when I was in labor, we chickened out on that, in case it was bad juju. Which we don’t really believe in, but when you’re in the hospital, in labor, with pitocin, delivering a baby with no amniotic fluid and known kidney issues who is facing an uncertain future… well, you don’t feel like taking chances.
So Randy suggested Joseph. (His mom’s name is Jo – well, her middle name is, sort of – my sister’s middle name is Jo, which is a nod to my aunt’s middle name of Jo, which is a nod to my great grandmother’s last name of Johanssen.) And, the Biblical story of Joseph seemed fitting. Joseph had a rough time there – being sold into slavery by his siblings and everything. But God kept his hand on Joseph the whole time, and did great things with him. God used Joseph’s circumstances for good. (The whole sibling rivalry thing there didn’t seem as relevant at the time as it does now, lol.)
So… because of the crazy Christian homeschoolers that we are, Bible is one of the subjects we study in school. The last few weeks, we’ve been looking at Joseph’s life. This week, one of the lessons was on Genesis 50:20. “20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
What you meant for evil, God meant for good.
And then the text asked Wally to think of something from his life that seemed to be bad at first, but that God turned into good.
He sat there for a while. And then he said, “Well, Teddy’s kidney disease.”
“OK, yes, that does seem bad, doesn’t it? How do you see God using that for good?”
“Well… I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”
We talked a bit about all the good that has come from the situation so far, but agreed we’d have to wait and see what God does here. 🙂