Something has been really bugging me lately, and there is no better place to try to sort through things than here. (For me at least. You don't have to read my ramblings if you don't want to)
This has to do with answered prayer. I believe that we are to pray and ask God for requests, but I also believe that He has a sovereign plan that He has already planned to institute. He has our path already planned and designed. He doesn't go to "plan B" because of our prayers. (Note: I am not looking for a doctrinal debate here. I am just trying to sort out why this has been bugging me so much lately)
I don't think that our prayers "changed God's mind" about Addison's heart surgery. I think that is what He had in mind for her all along. Also, I recently saw a friend who during pregnancy was told that her baby had a chance of being born with DS and then was completely "normal" say that God had answered their prayer that their child was born without Down Syndrome.
I don't think that God designed a DS baby inside her womb and then "changed" the baby because of the prayers. We prayed for the doctors to have been wrong about Addison, and God's answer to us was that He knew better what we needed more than we did. It just wasn't in God's plan for this family to have a DS child. It just really bugged me to see it posted that it was an answer to prayer that their baby didn't have DS. To say that it was such a huge praise implies that it is a bad thing to have a baby with Down Syndrome. Sometimes the answer to the prayer is to have a baby with DS, and that is a big praise as well. That is what happened in our case. Addison was born with DS even though I prayed that she wouldn't have it. Today I praise the Lord that she does have it. That was my answer to prayer. Getting something so wonderful that I never dreamed would be the best thing that ever happened to me.
This post may make no sense. You may label me as a heretic. I have just been struggling with everyone's response to the fact that Addison's surgery was changed. Yes, I am extremely thankful that God saw fit to allow the problem to be fixed during the Cath. But, I don't think that He changed his mind because everyone was praying. I don't like that this might be viewed as a big, sensationalized dramatic turn of events as a result of "us". I think it was in His plan all along to do it this way, and He wanted to hear the prayers to signify trust in His sovereignly ordained plan.
Does this make any sense at all? Does anyone understand what I am trying to say? Do you have any thoughts you would like to share toward this somewhat delicate subject?