You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
Psalm 139:16 (NLT)
Gone. In the blink of an eye.
Last January, we grieved the loss of my older cousin and her husband who were killed in a motorcycle accident. I had no words. No words for my sweet aunt grieving the loss of her oldest child a.k.a. “her rock”. No words for my cousin’s children or grandchildren. No words for those who face all their tomorrows without them.
Then last month, we lost another sweet friend to illness. A young friend who should have had her whole life in front of her. Again I had no words. No words for her parents, for her brother. No words for those who face all their tomorrows without them.
Are you too grieving the loss of someone? Although I do not have words for you, God does. Allow His Words in Psalm 139:16 to touch you in your grief, or to give you the power to touch someone else in their grief.
How so? Sheila Walsh writes in her book The Storm Inside:
“Life can seem so random, so out of control,
but even while our hearts are broken,
there is a quiet confidence in knowing
that although their death seems too untimely to us,
to God they have finished their race.”
Find comfort in God’s Word knowing that every moment of your loved one’s life was laid out before a single day had passed. Yes, your loved ones have finished their race.
Why do bad things happen? I don’t know, but the One I believe in does. I believe His words in the Psalm above. In my Women of Faith Study Bible, Sheila shares more words on Psalm 139, this time from her book Gifts for Your Soul:
“God is faithful…
if in the darkest times in our lives we will learn
to keep turning our face toward him,
He is faithful.
Faithful to be with us,
faithful to watch over us,
faithful to work in us to make us
the men and women we are called to be.”
Let’s keep our faces turned toward God and allow the power of His touch to reach us in our darkest hour.
Now it’s your turn: How do you experience the power of His touch, whether in your darkest hour, or on your brightest day?
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