Before I begin, I would ask that you pray for comfort of our family as Chris’ uncle passed away a few days ago. He had been sick, but we were hoping he would get better. This is especially hard for me because, his aunt has Alzheimer’s and it is getting progressively worse from what I heard, and I am not sure what will happen now that uncle Bob is gone. However, even though my heart has hurt because he is gone, I am thankful I got to know him and Chris’ other uncle who passed three or so years ago. Unfortunately for Chris, he never got to meet my grandma, and so instead of focusing on uncle Bob being gone, I focus on the fact that a. he is in heaven, and b. that I got to know him before he got sick and was able to know him in the short time I had. This made me think of the scripture about sorrow last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. * So today, I decided to write about what God placed in my heart.
For those of us who are dealing with heartache, loss, or with maybe a mental health issue, it is hard to see us experiencing joy again. However, I have learned that through all the good times, I need to store up for the “bad days” and when the rough time comes. The reason for this is because we live in a fallen world where bad things happen to good people, and our life on this planet is not forever. In knowing that, we need to be proactive in thinking good thoughts and what the Lord speaks over us. This seems easier said then done, but I can tell you from experience with depression and anxiety that as you choose to speak out and think about hopeful things and the Word of God, it does become easier along the way. In the topic of loss of a loved one, I will say this for those currently dealing with death; it gets better! It has been six years since my grandma has passed, and some days are better than others. However, I have noticed I don’t feel hopeless because I know she is in heaven, and when there are days I am really missing her, I begin thinking about the good times and less about the bad. So, it will get better, and the sad days eventually become the joyful days you had with them and the hope of seeing them again in heaven.
I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on those who have lost loved ones who as far as they know never accepted Jesus. So for those of you in this category, I just want to say first, you never know in those last few moments whether they received Jesus. Secondly, even if the off chance they chose not to receive Jesus, would you please not worry about this and instead use it as an opportunity to share the gospel with those around you. I can’t understand what it feels like to lose someone and know they never allow Jesus to be the savoir of their lives, but if you allow God to grant you peace, you could be the one person that reaches those who have yet to make the decision and it could be the tipping point for them. I hope that helped.
Just like knowing that when you lay your head down to sleep and you trust the Sun is going to come up in the morning, when we choose joy despite our circumstances, and give God our grief, we can know that this sorrow will not last forever! If you are going through a hard time, will you comment below or send me a message? I would love to pray for you. I hope this encouraged you, and if so would you share this so I can help even more people? Also, if you want to be notified when I write something new, then make sure that you subscribe to the blog and each time I share a new post you will get an email. I promise I won’t spam you. Thank you, and hope you have a good weekend!
*Psalms 30:5b NLT