I’m living the new normal! No one said that life was easy, and honestly, this journey without my husband is anything but easy! However, Christ encourages us with these words:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
As I travel this road alone, yet not alone, I give thanks for so much! I thank God for who He is: almighty, powerful, creative, in control, perfect, all-knowing, caring, and above all, loving! He loves each one of us and knows us by name! However, it is up to each of us to respond to Him by accepting His great love — as demonstrated so vividly in the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of His one and only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ — and then by showing His love to others.
There is no answer to why things happen how or when they do, but there is comfort in trusting that God sees the whole picture, knows best, doesn’t make mistakes, and doesn’t leave us. In John 14:16, Jesus assures us that the Father will send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He goes on to say:
“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)
When those troubling thoughts creep into our minds, we need to remember to trust the One who is trustworthy and cannot lie!
Yes, during a grief journey, we often feel quite alone, and yet, we have a promise from God that we are not left drifting alone on the sometimes calm or other times raging sea of life. He declares:
“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! You are precious to me and honored, and I love you. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:2a,4b-5a TLB)
As usually happens with me, various songs trickle into my mind and buoy me up, causing me to google and listen to them, praising God from the depths of my heart. What a mighty God we serve, Our God is an awesome God, and Thou art worthy fill me with praise and adoration of our heavenly Father who alone is worthy.
I believe that Jesus wants to lead us to the point where we have such confidence in God, our heavenly Father, that no matter our circumstances, we do not fear, but implicitly trust the One who alone is trustworthy: Trust and obey!
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, and therefore, It is well with my soul!
We need to ask ourselves if we are following Jesus’ example of not worrying but living each day trusting Him, because He is with each of us, loving, caring, encouraging, and guiding us as we take each new step. We may be alone, and yet, we are not alone!
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we come before You, acknowledging our sin of worrying. We ask You to forgive us and fill us with Your love so that as we face the trials and sorrows here on this earth, we might not fear but look to You, knowing that You are with each one of us and loving us. In Jesus’ precious and powerful name, we pray. Amen.
Mary Lou Tompkins
Reprinted with Permission from PresbyCan.