Life IS so precious.
I really don't know how to wrap my brain around all that is LIFE. My heart is so heavy this week. There is so much pain, there is so much hate, there is so much death. This week has been tough and I'm just being honest with you... because if you're like me, you may have a hard time processing things as well.
My hubby & I were just talking about this on our walk yesterday. How do you balance wanting to keep your kids safe (In a little bubble that is probably too overprotective) and letting them “go” and trusting the Lord will protect them and they will make wise decisions. Also... balancing the fact that when it’s their time to go there’s nothing we can do to change the date.
My daughter just lost a friend in an accident on Valentine's Day. She was just talking to him on campus before he left, and he never came back. They were pretty good friends and he was such a godly young man that loved the Lord, his family and others. How do you wrestle with understanding that a great young man is gone in a blink? I don’t have that answer. All I can do is pray & cry and pray & cry. I can NOT imagine getting a phone call like his parents have gotten, and I pray I never do.
We don’t understand any of life’s tragedies, and it breaks our hearts. Looking at the news this week and seeing tragedy everywhere, and people spewing hate everywhere, it is so upsetting. We live in a broken, sin-filled world that will never see complete peace and perfection until the Lord's return. (Revelations 21:4-5 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”)
One of my friends posted on IG "You can lock up every gun and medicate every person with mental illness, but if we don't get out of our comfort zones enough to minister to the hurting, isolated and marginalized and help heal hurting hearts... hurt people will continue to hurt people." I love that from my friend Erin. That is true. My mind keeps going back to Mark 12:31 where is says: " And the second is like it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these." Ok, how do we do that practically? Because that is not easy to do... but that is exactly what we NEED to do. The 1st commandment before that... "and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy thought and with all thy strength: this is the principal commandment."
So, if we say we LOVE the Lord and believe in a God of love and mercy and grace, that is THE CONSTANT here.
God doesn’t change.
Life changes for sure... It's gone in a blink, it's filled with tragedy, it hurts... and yet it's also beautiful and filled with lots of joy. So my only answer is FAITH in God. That is who & where we go to, to find the peace and love that only He can give us.
I see tragic stories like what we've seen this week and what gives me HOPE is the families who through their tragedies share about the peace they have felt that DOES pass all understanding! That they still can rejoice and say that God is GOOD.
That is powerful.
Rebecca shared that her friends family flew in yesterday to the campus and today there was a memorial service for Jeff. It was so hard for everyone, but one thing she said was that it was such a blessing to see how the Lord comforts, the Lord heals and He even gives strength to PRAISE Him through such tragedy. That his family could PRAISE God in this memorial service, this tragedy only a day old, it's incredible.
That is again what I am in awe of!
You hear these stories again and again and it truly amazes me. To me it is PROOF that we have a GOD who loves us! Who through it all is there to comfort us, and one day He WILL take away all of the pain and tears. And in the meantime, He HELPS US THROUGH...
Psalm 34:17-18 "When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."
This is the verse my daughter posted yesterday. We can CLING to these words in all circumstances if we believe in God. This is why I believe we see these stories of such strong faith like I mentioned above.
Colossians 3:14 "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."
I did this Bible Journaling page last week after our church. I do believe as Christ followers, this is what SHOULD separate us.
It is certainly not easy though. But it IS I think what my friend Erin was saying in her IG post and what we need to try more of. And I'm certainly not saying we don't call out evil, but I am saying life is broken and we need to:
Stop hating, stop bullying, stop saying rude things...
Show kindness, give of ourselves, encourage others...
Help out, serve others, go out of your way...
Get out of our bubble, see the world, see the needs and do something...
Speak WORDS of LOVE.
I think this may be my new "to-do" list to concentrate on. Believe me... this isn't easy and I'm the first to admit I don't live my life in this way. But I want to. I think this week taught me more than I realized it would...
I made the top Bible Journaling page just a little bit ago, in all my thoughts and mess of emotions. My heart is full, but I want my life to go forward with this verse as my story because I think it probably encompasses that list above.
Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer."
We all have a story that we are meant to live. Let's LIVE it to the fullest, with a heart set on the Lord's purpose for having us here.
Big HUGS today,
P.S. I know these are MY beliefs and not everyone shares them. But let's try to be kind and not leave any comments if you disagree.