My family has dealt with heart-wrenching loss in the last couple of weeks. A relative lost her husband in a car crash, and he leaves behind a young family. A friend, who has battled so courageously with cancer, was also taken to be with the Lord. She leaves a husband and four daughters. And the questions I grapple with remain unanswered. I don’t have to try to understand the how and why of things, only trust that God is in control. He is good, and He is faithful, even in the midst of heartache.
Especially in the midst of heartache. Yes, there are moments when overwhelming pain and desperation take hold as I wonder if it won’t be my husband killed in the next car crash, or one of my children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. I need to remember that life is a gift from God. The people He has placed in my path, for however long, are to be treasured, cherished, and never taken for granted. And when the time comes to say goodbye, as it now has, He will give me the strength to endure.
“…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21