Dig Deep, Trusting God’s Word
Earlier I stated that by any earthly standard what happened to my friend was unthinkable. And that is true; however, God does not operate on an earthly standard, but a heavenly one. If we believe the Bible, God’s Holy Word, we know that those believers lost in tragedy are just fine — far better, in fact, than they have ever been. Their moments of fear and pain are over, forgotten in the glories of Paradise. Yes, we miss them and we mourn them, but our lives are, in the final analysis, so fleeting! Before we know it, we will be reunited again.
It sometimes comforts me to look around at nature and realize so many things; a tree, a mountain, a boulder, were here long before I was born, and will be here long after I die. We were meant for another place! And that place is heaven.
And what of us, who are left behind to mourn? In our suffering is fertile ground upon which God will sow something real and lasting. Additionally, our hearts will be healed.
Isaiah 66:9 reminds us that God sees us through each step of our pain. “‘Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?’ says the Lord. ‘Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?’ says your God.”
John 13:7 also offers some very comforting words: “Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’” This is what we must trust during a tragedy.
My mother used to love to celebrate different occasions with party crackers — long, decorative cardboard tubes that you crack open to reveal something fun inside (confetti, candy, or small trinkets). Whatever was inside always brought joy, togetherness, and laughter to all of us who gathered around her table. But, you have to really crack that cracker to get the prize, yanking hard on the ends, or destroying the middle. You have to break down that beautifully decorated outside, to get to the goodness inside. Life can be the same way, and God sometimes allows us to be pulled apart and cracked down the middle by tragedy in order to reveal the deeper meaning of life: total dependence on Him and total faith in His promises, revealed through His Word.
Perhaps He is also reminding us, through tragedy, to be ready to die — to have our souls in order, since we do not know when, or how, our own lives will end. “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44)
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