Someone I worked with passed away today. She only turned 21 a few short weeks ago.
It got me thinking. How many people have I let go of in the last few years? How many times have I said see ya later, thinking there would be a next time?
I’ve been sheltered, I suppose. I’ll turn 29 in November and I’ve only recently started experiencing death.
I know there are others out there that have dealt with these situations earlier in life and many more times.
Still yet, it doesn’t make it easier.
What should you do when you suddenly find yourself surrounded with grief and death in your life?
For me, I turned to God.
He is the only constant in my life. He is my beginning and end. Alpha and Omega. The Author and Finisher of our story. He is the one who molded us and built the path we should walk. He knows the answer and holds our hearts in His hand.
In dealing with my grief, He has brought me to Psalm 126. When you read it, you’ll be thinking “This is about joy, not heartache.”
And you’re right.
When you work your way through trials, it’s hard to hold onto hope. It’s hard to say everything is going to be alright. When you lay your friends and relatives to rest, you can find yourself in shambles.
But, you can always look at everything in your life and remember what God has ALREADY done. You don’t have to worry about the future or how you’re going to get out of this. Think back and hold onto what He has done for you before, then project that onto the future.
He didn’t leave you in the mud, He brought you to high ground and washed you clean.
He didn't say you were unworthy, He has given you His love freely.
He didn’t hold you back, He made a way.
Believe And during these trials, my greatest advice is don’t forget to feel real. Depression is a killer. It pulls you away and isolates. It creates barriers and builds walls. It thrives on insecurity and falsehoods.
When joy seems far off, remember to stay in your moment. Don’t focus on what needs to happen tomorrow or after that. Stay here, on today, looking only at things you can change and let tomorrow wait.
In my times of deep depression, I felt myself teetering between what I should have done yesterday and believing I’d get nowhere tomorrow.
Learning to live in my current moment was difficult. I had to fight to feel real. I had to fight the urge to sit in my failures and press forward with an optimistic outlook.
Friends, I leave you with this; God understands these events, He understands so much that He left certain guidance in the Bible. He knows what your weeping heart is feeling.
Today, if you’re feeling grief, depression or just trying to cope with the latest curve ball of life, please rest in God’s truth and promise of joy and know that He is with you in this situation. You are loved in your weakness and never forgotten. When your days are long and times are hard, lay your worries to rest at the feet of our Lord. Don’t forget to feel real and push tomorrow’s cares to tomorrow. Remember how loved and valued you are, my sweet friend, and reach out to God and a friend if the pain becomes too much. Your words are always worth hearing, whether they are in a prayer or over a cup of coffee.
A Song of Ascents.
When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,Bringing his sheaves with him.
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