I’ve been trying for days to find words for this post. Honestly, I’ve been trying for years to find words, because my heart just doesn’t know how to reconcile grief. Grief was not how God created us. Oh, it’s natural alright, but that’s all after the fall of Adam and Eve. God created mankind to live forever with Him in the garden. The curse of death brought grief, not creation. No wonder it feels so unnatural.
I have no beautiful words or a bow to wrap this all in. I can’t take your grief away just in time to enjoy a Christmas that has no shadows at all. I can’t even do that for myself. What I can do though, is encourage you to pray. Your heavenly Father knows what you need, even before you say it, so those prayers are safe with Him. (Matthew 6:8)
We talked about prayer in the last series, and I told you then that prayer isn’t the easiest thing for me. It’s hard! I think it’s all the waiting. Way more often than I like to admit or accept, God’s timing is not mine. I want my prayers answered in one miraculous instant. Instant healing. Instant relief from pain. Instant understanding of why. But God works in the waiting.
My sweet friend Kari posted this song and these words just today…
***Jessica here’s the link. https://youtube.com/watch?v=mXmZaR0dtsQ&list=RDmXmZaR0dtsQ ***
“For me, this brings tears. Because you guys, waiting. is. hard.
Waiting for a baby. Waiting for a relationship to mend….Waiting for the sunshine to come back. Waiting for Jesus to come back. Waiting for heaven….Waiting for health and healing….Waiting, waiting, waiting. We’re all doing it in one way or another.
One thing I know is this: we don’t have to wait for freedom. The truest freedom I know is a life in Jesus, and that is available to anyone at any time. <3
But in the season that we are a seed being sown, ready to become a sequoia…. let us sing this loud and proud, ‘If You’re not done working, God I’m not done waiting.’ “
So that’s my prayer. That in this season of grief and shadows that we can all remember (and maybe even be grateful) that God works in the waiting, and He is growing us in ways we can never imagine.
I love that we can trust in God because of who he is and what he has done through Jesus. His son. The Messiah. The one who came to change everything.
Knowing that, next week we’re going to dive into Isaiah 9:6 and the names of the Messiah.
Prince of Peace.
Join us, won’t you?