In less than a year, our community has lost two precious women I had the privilege of knowing. They both loved the Lord and lived for Him, teaching others His Word and shining brightly for Him. They leave behind husbands and children…and it all seems so unfair.
I find myself asking God a lot of questions– “Why?” “Why someone who loves You and follows You?” “Women who teach Your Word?” “Why someone so young?” “Why, Lord?” “Why these women, these moms still raising children?”
I know we are supposed to ask “What now?” rather than “Why?” But for today, I cannot stop the why. And that’s ok because God is in the why. It’s in our questions and our desperation that we seek Him and if we seek Him we will find Him.
I feel that when I doubt God’s plan or His ways I am disregarding all the truths I know to be true about Him, but as long as I find myself back at His truth’s, its’ OK to ask questions, right? Surely His grace still overflows when our hearts are breaking in the unfairness of life and the why’s that may never be answered.
As I wrestle with why, these truths stand out to me the most:
- God is good even when life isn’t
- He is always there with His people and to help His people
- He can redeem hard situations
- To these women, to live was Christ and to die was gain
- Even in death and tragedy, others can be saved (hello, Jesus!- the cross!) or brought closer to Him
- This place is not our home
- We will be reunited again one day
We just don’t want these people gone from us, do we? We want them here to continue to do God’s work, don’t we?
Then I’m reminded that our work on earth is never done; even when we die, what’s done for Christ will last and these ladies certainly did a lot for Christ. A lot of eternal work. The impact they had on their families, friends, church, and community will live on forever.
“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” C.T. Studd
God is always working for those who love him as I know these women and their families do. We must hold on to that truth and fill it in our minds when we wrestle with the “whys” of this world.
“God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
To my town as we mourn…let’s turn to Jesus and seek His face as I’m sure these women, if still with us, would be so honored and happy if we would all do just that. And please pray- when the only thing you can do is pray, you pray.
In Jesus Mighty name, AMEN.
Verses to cling to from God’s Word, the Book both of these women stood on:
- “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts. My ways are far beyond anything we could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8-9
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
- “O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.” Psalms 130:7
- “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
There are a million more I could post, but I encourage us all to get into His Word for ourselves and let the truths of who He is comfort and guide us.
For Wendy and Kristie ♥️
To the Anderson and Stokes families…you all are loved and prayed for by so many people who grieve with you. Praying you see, feel and know that the Lord is near.