It’s been a rough few days for me. For whatever reason, I’ve continued to become increasingly aware and focused upon the daily vulnerability we face as a large family. There are just so many points of exposure, and I have no way of knowing what any day may bring. While this has always been the case, it’s only been in recent months that I have allowed fear and worry to draw me so deeply into their snares.
A couple of weeks ago, I watched an episode of 19 Kids and Counting. There on national television, the Duggar parents were told during an ultrasound that their unborn child was no longer living. I know that mama’s heart broke at such news, but her immediate words were these…”The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
I don’t know that I could say these words in the face of such tragedy.
Tonight, however, I opened my Bible reading app, and these words popped up on screen: “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flowers of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:24-25, ESV)
How the Gospel soothes the heart of an anxious mom. Once again I am reminded that we are all here for a season–for a brief appointed moment in time. Our hope doesn’t lie in hanging onto the condition of today, but rather in the assurance that Christ has died that we shall live eternally.
And he will not abandon us.
There will be struggles. There will be loss. There will be amazing times and heart wrenching times and laughter and pain. However, we have his promise that he will bring us through them all, ultimately escorting us into a glory beyond our wildest dreams.