Times of Heartache
Anonymous - May 19, 2017

In the past few weeks, my family has suffered tremendous heartache - the sudden loss of my youngest nephew, Micah. When a sudden loss or tragedy comes, it would be easy to blame God, or to fall far from Him. We often wonder why these things happen and sometimes we point the finger and assume that we have the better plan. As humans, we don’t have the full picture yet. There are so many question unanswered in these situations, that we often let our confusion cloud our trust of God.

But during these seasons we would be wise to draw even closer than before, so that He can be our strength. Though we may never have an answer to our “why did this happen?” while we are here on earth, we know that He knows our pain. The Father experienced loss as He gave His only Son up for us.

When the chest pains start, (or the not being able to eat, or the nightmares, or the anxiety - because everyone experiences the grief differently), and getting dressed starts feeling like too much for today, we turn our eyes back to Him. My sister has said several times during the last week, that if she did not have God, her sufferings throughout this entire process would be so much worse than they are, and I completely agree with that statement for our entire family. I talked to my mom briefly the other night about how we are all just taking the next step, slowly, one by one. It is by the grace of God that we continue on. The hope that we have in Christ is strong enough  to carry us when we cannot pick ourselves up off of the floor. I remember in times like these, that Hebrews 7:25 says Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Jesus is constantly praying on our behalf. When it is challenging to even ask for the grace to be strong, He is already providing it.

My favorite verse, Psalm 73:26 reads, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” When we turn to Him, He will provide the strength when we do not have it. He will allot the next breath. He is our peace in times of trouble and has grace abounding for us.