There is nothing quite like the pain that comes when life takes from us what we love the most.
A child moves away.
A parent dies.
We lose a job we love.
We leave a church.
Our children grow up and don’t need us like they used to.
We lose a friend.
When life takes what we love the most our allegiances are exposed. Who do we love more? That thing, that person or God?
When life takes what we love the most idols are unveiled? I have spent the past three years grieving and being depressed because of many life changes. Some of that grief was normal, and some of it was because my idol was ripped from me.
When life takes what we love the most God will bring something better. George Mueller states this beautifully,
“If the Lord were to take this piece of land from me, it would be only for the purpose of giving me a still better one; for our Heavenly Father never takes any earthly thing from His children except He means to give them something better instead.” George Mueller
If my life and everything in it changes I may grieve, sadness may overcome me, and I may experience confusion, but at some point I should make my way back to God. I should see that God has an even better life in store for me.
If am overcome to the point of grief for so long that my faith falters, and is unrecoverable, then what I lost became an idol to me. I convinced myself that I had to have that person or that thing to survive and make me happy.
Could the Lord be building a better life for me, for you?
If we let go of these things, we can anticipate a day, even though it may be years down the road, when God will restore us a fresh and anew. It will be good for us.
Philippians 3:8 states, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
If this thing or person that has been taken away from me was keeping me from knowing Christ, than is it not better that they are gone?
If I am close to The Living God, and His Son, than am I not better than when I started?
I do not now know what next year will bring. I had no idea what this year would bring. I wouldn’t want to repeat another year like this one, yet if I look hard enough I can see a progression, healing, and hope.
God will give me something better. He is in control. He loves me and soon the new life He has planned will come to fruition.