“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)
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Death is a funny thing. Even in the midst of our darkest hours, God allows beautiful sceptres of light to filter their way through our fog of grief and brighten the innermost circle of our hearts. And remember: death is not limited to the loss of a loved one; there is the death of a job/career, the death of a marriage, the death of a relationship (friend, co-worker, child, mum or dad) or even the death of something more tangible like a house or a vehicle.
When mummy was ill, we came to the point where she had to be fed with a syringe. Was it hard for us? Yes. Did God support us? Most definitely! God sent someone (amazingly just like that) with baby food, a kind gentleman with an oxygen machine, and a professional who set up an IV unit in her bedroom. He sent friends to gently stroke her frail hands and sing her favourite hymns. As time inevitably and all too quickly slipped through our hourglass, God reminded us of His love in simple but meaningful ways via sun kissed heads of waving sugar cane, stunning flowers and brilliant blue seas to gaze upon as we drove to and from, and then back again.
You may have lost your job, your house and car, or even a lucrative contract; your children may be intent on going down the wrong path no matter what you say; your spouse may not be behaving too ‘spousy’ right about now and worse yet, your expenses continue to live on after the death of your salary – where do you turn? Who do you go to? And who is it that keeps turning off the light at the end of your tunnel?
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where life answers elude us, preferring to remain hidden deep within the unknown. This leaves us feeling as though there is no way out BUT maybe our real questions should be: “Who knows more about death or loss than God, who sacrificed His only son for us?” And therefore, “wouldn’t Jesus know even more about this, having been the one who actually paid the price?”
These particular life answers never change. As long as we trust God and put our full confidence in Him (instead of mere mortals) He will see us through and eventually out. In the meantime, He will send the angels we need to draw our roots of faith closer towards His life-giving stream so that we will remain green especially when things get really hot – and I am sure we all have a ‘heat’ story or two to share.
God will never forsake us, so let us trust in His name as we put out those roots and not worry about our current drought or fear the one that may come. Amen!
But before we go …
Has God moved a mountain or two for you? Were you truly able to trust in Him as you walked through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’ even though it was really really dark? Share your story; leave us a comment (or two).