When Will was born, Gracie was 2 1/2 years old so I don't think she fully understood the changes that were about to happen in her world. Now that she's 4, she's been asking a few more questions. One of her questions is, "Will you and daddy still be able to love me and play with me and Will after baby sissy gets here?" We have reassured her that nothing can separate her and Will from the love we have for them. God has given us enough love for all of them and there is nothing for her to worry about. In the same way, nothing can separate us from the love of God and we must rest in that truth.
The tribulations, distresses and persecutions that come into our lives are not meant to destroy us (although it may seem like it!). They are designed to drive us into God's everlasting arms of love.
God is love and everything that comes into your life must be filtered through His fingers of love. No one can touch you, speak to you, look at you, or do anything to you without His permission. If adversity comes into your life, it comes with His permission. Isaiah 45:7 says, "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things." And if it comes, it will work together for your good. It will be used to conform you to His image. It will not keep you from the kingdom of heaven.
Romans 8:37-39 says, "But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, not any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Whatever God allows to come into your life, you can know it is not designed to embitter, disfigure, or destroy you. It is permitted by a loving God for the purpose of conforming you and me to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.