“Trust the LORD your God in all things and lean not to your own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
I recently received a phone call from a man I knew when he a child and a young man. Our dads were friends. His dad worked for mine. At one point his mother had also.From time to time, I babysat him and his four brothers. As they grew older, he and his brothers had also worked for my dad. . The day before, my husband called my attention to the obituaries. The man who called me did so to let me know what we knew. His oldest brother had passed away.
As I had read in the obituary, the deceased brother had cancer. I asked the younger brother, “How long had he been sick?” The answer he gave me was difficult for his family to accept. He had been sick for a very short time--two weeks. My caller told me the newly widowed wife was having a hard time. I understood his concern.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we sometimes suffer heart ache from happenings that we can’t control. What can we do when we experience anguish?
*̊We can ask God to be beside us as we learn to deal with our emotions and the many details that come our way.
*We can ask others to pray for us. People who know of our loss will not ask for any details because they most likely know your need.
*We can strive to honor the departed person in simple ways. I used to carry a change purse with a double snap because my late stepmother used one. A woman at our church wears a certain fragrance of perfume because her late mother wore it.
*Once a friend and I visited a woman at the retirement community where she had moved to. She had a picture of a gentleman on the wall and she said, “Have you met my grandpa?” She had a small array of family pictures on the wall. She honored her departed family by displaying those pictures.
When we don’t understand why God suddenly takes someone away from us, we have to rely upon Him and ask Him to show us the way He wants us live for Him. We learn to have this type of relationship with God through the daily moment-by-moment walk we have with Jesus.