Grace To Get You Through
Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
Rick Warren wrote, “Grief is a part of life, but you can’t let a season of grief turn into a lifestyle of grief. At some point you have to let it go.”
I awakened a few hours ago to the sound of a mother’s whaling cries. It did not take long to realize that the cries were those of my neighbour who only 72 hours prior to that, bent over her porch with a wide grin on her face giving congratulations to my young daughter on becoming a first time mother and to me on becoming a first time grandma… She was clearly very excited, as evidenced by what she said, in part, “Congratulations! I am so happy for you all…..”
But who could have known that within a few hours, her joy and laughter as she celebrated with us would be turned into so much pain, grief and sadness? There are no words to describe the shock that rocked her household, the community and even my workplace. I felt her pain. It is painful enough when you loose a loved one when they are still in infancy, but when you have raised your child and you watch him grow into a young adult at the age of eighteen, what can anyone say to you that would ease your pain of loosing your son to death in such a tragic way? I can hardly think of what to say to anyone in that situation except to pray that God will give her and the rest of the bereaved family more of His grace and strength to get them through that difficult time.
It is God who gives us the grace to get us through whatever we are going through. It is a tough choice to make also, because you can choose to become bitter or better. You can choose to curse and blame God and suffer the consequences or you can choose to become naked before Him and bless Him through your worship. You can choose to wallow in pity but you do not have to allow it to define you. Becoming bitter and resentful makes no sense and it helps no one. It does not improve your status, your circumstance or whatever you may be going through today.
The word declares that “in all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:21) So like him, maintain your focus and trust God because some things will just never make sense. Put your hope in God, reach out to Him, be courageous and allow God to strengthen you, heal your wounds and give you His grace to get you through. He is in total control. He knows all things and nothing takes Him by surprise.
It was a happy ending for Job as God restored to him far much more than what he had before he lost all his children and his possession. A wonderful lesson it was because it shows that no matter what grief, pain or loss you and I may have experienced, God can turn your hurt into triumph and victory and make the rest of your life the absolute best days of your life.
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Hi Chris, I haven't read that book but sure would love to now that you have recommended it.
Have an awesome day! Blessings!
Have you read the book by Michael Newton called:
Journey of Souls? I REALLY recommend it. The book helped clarify MANY questions I had. Although I ALREADY believed EVERYTHING Journey of Souls said, it was still comforting my thoughts confirmed on the written page.
Thank you for taking the time out to visit and share with us again here on EMoments. I love the discussion and must say I was informed by what you shared today and also in the articles you mentioned. I recall even leaving a comment on on the first post categorized under death and dying in which you spoke about death experiences. As you quite rightly said in one of the articles death is a transition (passing)and while it is a sad thing, most definitely it is not the end.
Here is what concerns me most about death though be it tragic, through sickness, old age whatever form is when someone dies(since it is a passing)is where the person's soul goes to once it leaves the body. The bible speaks about heaven and a hell and so for me (speaking to me too) what I would love to know is that someone really live their earthly life in a way that even after that transition, they are transitioned into the place(heaven) as opposed to the place called(hell)
Let me interject here and say I really do not know what was the condition of the young man's soul when he died – more sad he was just 18 years. But I do have family members that are still in an unsaved state (they have not come to that point of accepting Jesus as Lord of their life)My faith and my prayer for them is more about them heeding the call of salvation so that they are passed from death to life eternal as opposed to passing from death without Jesus to eternal damnation.
Again thanks Chris, God bless you richly.
For those of your readers and for you as well I'd like to offer my blog category on Death and Dying:
There are two more blog posts I NEED to share that will help define my belief system. The first one:
Paraplegic Berkeley Student Walks
http://cjpwisdomandlife.com/2011/05/18/paraplegic-berkeley-student-walks/ discusses my faith that God has our back ALL the time.
The second one:
A Dangerous Thing:
http://cjpwisdomandlife.com/2011/05/23/a-dangerous-thing/ is in response to the first post above.
I have strong feelings about what happens after we transition and while NOT every one will accept and or believe what I do I think I still need to share. What I believe, what I write MAY help someone.
As I wrote in A Dangerous Thing:
I SINCERELY believe in predestination. In other words, certain aspects of our lives are already mapped out. God/Source/Universe has your birthday and transition day (More on what this phrase means in a moment.) in their calendar and no amount of playing around will change that. If you’re scheduled to pass on January 15, then that’s what will happen. If you get sick in December and ALMOST pass it will NOT happen. Your scheduled to pass on January 15 and THAT date is written in stone. No amount of prayer, no amount of faith will prevent that from passing.
It is a true thing that technology has reduced the universe to a village. What do I mean by that? A: There is no distance in prayer, God's power is not limited by borders and boundaries and neither are His hands to short that they cannot reach us wherever we are. Sure we can feel each other's pain and discomfort not only by God's Spirit that lives in us but because we are the mothers who pray, and who cry out to God each time on behalf of our children (saved or unsaved) We are God's nurturers here on earth…So I say to you my sister in Christ, pray for us as we pray for you and believe God for the miraculous results. God bless you richly!
My heart beat so fast as I read this blog cos one of my greatest fears is something bad happening to any of my children. I often have to go to God to help so that I don't fall into making my kids 'my mini gods'. My oldest is 18 too and I cannot even imagine what your neighbor is going through. Not even imagine.
BUT I went through a sort of 'death' late last year and you are so right. I went through a range of emotions and I was so sure the pain would never go away but today…..though it is not totally gone and some days I revisit the loss and mourn for what I cannot get back ever, I can say that God and time have healed me somewhat. But for God's grace over me, I know I would not be here, alive and sane. Glory to his name! May he breathe over your neighbor and her family even now and comfort them as only he can in Jesus name. Amen.
You are so right on point that Jesus is indeed touched by the feelings of our infirmity. Not only that, He pours out His grace in extra-ordinary measure that lessens the pain and the suffering.
Blessings and thank you for stopping by once again!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…..I am also reminded of His word that Jesus is touched by the feelings of our infirmities and His heart is touched with our grief. I once lost a son, after carrying him for 9 mths and loosing him 5 hrs after his birth. The grief and pain was great at the time but restoration came years later as God has given me many spiritual sons. I am thankful for that and it has been my testimony as I am able to encourage so many others today who go through loss such as this.
God bless you and this ministry..beautiful website.