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Friday, January 29, 2016
Sometimes Grief Just Comes All Unexpected
Ok, so this morning as I was reading and contemplating, I felt it.
Maybe you sometimes have felt it as well? At first, just the tiniest tug. You
know, at our heartstrings. We often just shove it down, but persistently it
presses into those soft spots in our soul. A still small voice that calls us to
fervently, urgently pray.
This morning was such a morning.
Before I knew or could comprehend it, I was weeping.
If you have not experienced this, I hope as my fellow brother or sister
in Christ that you do.
You see, sometimes I believe that the Holy Spirit pricks our conscience
and urgently asks us to pray. You know as well as I do that God already knows
the things that lay heavy on our hearts. You know what I’m talking about. Often
we are aware of so many deep needs around us. They may be of great concern to
us but being human we often let our business distract us from these things.
Some things are just so much more important than our busyness, our
distractions, our wasted time, our priorities. There are things of eternal
importance right within reach, but so often we put them at arm’s length because
they can be so heavy with emotion that it’s just easier (we think) to avoid
dealing with them.
I won’t go into the details, but somewhere today a family that I know
is facing the toughest decisions you can imagine. Somewhere, there is a family
that though they were not prepared for it is having to let go of that which is
precious beyond measure. Somewhere a family is having to say goodbye to one
that they love and no matter what clichés we may know, no matter what
platitudes may come to mind, the pain is unavoidable. Grief is real and it must
It’s never convenient.
And often it won’t wait.
I had priorities today. I had a game plan. But then, grief came
knocking. And, my day changed.
So, I wept. And I poured my heart out to the only one who can not only
hear our heart cries, but actually turn them to action, to purpose, to
redemption and healing.
There is only one person who can hear our grief and make something of
it. His name is Jesus.
I am not here to tell you that once I poured my heart out to Him, that
all the grief is gone. Nor am I telling you that all is now right with the
world. I am not telling you that He will fulfill my heart’s desire in this
situation. (though I know that there are at least just a few others today that
wish that same thing that I do) What I am telling you is this: God hears your
prayers. He knows our grief intimately and He weeps with us.
When I prayed this morning, I was reminded of the day Jesus raised Lazarus
from the dead. I was reminded of Jesus’ weeping over His friend and the grief
of those who loved Lazarus too. I am thankful that God understands and He does
not mock our pain.
Some of you may question why I have written this piece and maybe you
don’t understand it but I know some of you definitely do. You simply cannot understand this unless you
have had to let go of someone you love. All of us eventually will cross this
Life on this place, well, it’s terminal. And we have but one life, so
we must live it to the fullest.
So what am I ultimately trying to do here?
I am letting you know several important things:
First is this: Never take life for granted. Again, we are only given
one. If you are a sometimes procrastinator extraordinaire life me, there is one
thing I ask you avoid. Never forget to ensure that those you love know just how
much you love them. Every day!
Second: Take care of the most crucial things in your life to ensure
your family will be okay tomorrow if God calls you home today. You know what I
mean if you think about it a little. Plan ahead. None of us knows the day or
the hour God will stop our race with His eternal stop watch.
Lastly: If you feel the tug at your heart by the Holy Spirit to act.
Whether it is to pray, do an act of service, listen to a hurting friend, etc.,
don’t let the moment pass without acting on His leading. If we ignore these moments,
I believe the one we hurt the most is ourselves. God can accomplish His perfect
will without us, but what a tragedy when we are asked to join with Him and we
choose to ignore His call. In so doing, we quench the Holy Spirit’s voice and
may find it so much harder to hear Him in the future.
Grief visits all of us in our lifetimes. It is unavoidable and
In time, we may find healing. In time God may fill the hole that has
been left by our loss. We will find peace, joy, laughter, friendship, and love
again, but the scars remain. It’s ok for us to mourn them. God hears our heart
cries and if we let Him he can help us to remember the good times, the precious
memories, the gifts given by those who have gone before us into eternity.
And, for those of us who have asked Jesus into our hearts, we have this
joy, we have this anticipation, we have a day to long for. A day when we will
joyfully see those we love again and fall into their arms in a warm embrace.
What a fantastic, joyful reunion that will be!
I thank God that He not only sees our grief, but that He has compassion
on us and will bear this burden for us if we’ll just place it on His strong
Don’t let this day go by without going to the Lord in prayer over the
things that are weighing your heart down. Look up into His loving eyes and
share your tears with Him. He longs to comfort you and bring you joy once
Find a place and time today to be still and quiet. Listen carefully and
I know you will hear that same quiet voice that called to my heart this
Sincerely, in Christ,
Psalm 62:5 Yes, my soul, find
rest in God; my hope comes from him.