Written By: Amy Reinhardt
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
During a conversation with Father Gary, we touched on this scripture verse. Like any priest, he was able to enlighten my mind with a new perspective. He broke down the scripture and explained that for God to work all things together for good, we need to love God and be open to His call.
I immediately thought about the last two years of being on dialysis and patiently waiting for my kidney transplant. In my unexpected diagnosis, God was calling me according to His purpose. He wanted to form me into a stronger disciple and give me an inspirational story to bring others to Christ. I never blamed God for my end-stage kidney failure. Instead, I turned toward Him and continued to love Him. After all, I needed God to carry such a large cross.
By saying yes to His call and choosing to love Him, God caused all things to work together for good. And what was that good? It was a lifesaving kidney transplant on August 7, 2023. Not only did it change my life, but the life of my living donor out in Colorado – a generous young man I do not yet know.
I’ve thought a lot about how I can begin to thank God – and this good Samaritan – for this ultimate good. Like with any blessing, the best way to be grateful is by how we choose to live. This organ restored my life. Because of it, I am off nightly dialysis; I am back on a regular diet; and I’m producing urine again. Once I’m healed from surgery, I will regain my strength, energy and start a new life of exciting adventures.
I don’t want to go one day without thinking about this precious gift. Even before I got sick, God knew the journey ahead. He knew how long I’d be on dialysis, He knew all the setbacks I would have… but most importantly, He knew when a new chapter would begin for His beloved daughter. God still has great plans for me in this life.
While I’m not quite certain what they are, I do know that everything will work together for the greatest good as long as I love Him and say yes to His call. If we can do these things even in the midst of our crosses, we can rest assured that it will all be worth it in the end.
Please continue to pray for my recovery. Day by day, God is at work.
At 29 years old, Amy Reinhardt has been an Ascension parishioner for over half her life. She led Disciples Dwelling and was heavily involved in the young adult ministry up until getting diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. She strives to radiate Christ’s light and love to all who are blessed to know her. If you’d like to read Amy’s health updates: www.caringbridge.org/visit/amyreinhardt.