by Wendy Stone
The memories Facebook brings up recently have been of two very difficult seasons in our lives that occurred a year ago and two years ago. Two years ago, my then 18 month old grandson, Miles, was in the hospital for bronchiolitis. Last year, my son-in-love, Jordan, suffered a stroke. Both times were marked by separation. Our family, was separated from being all together and separated from the normalcy of every day life. The stroke was especially difficult because the kids were separated from Mommy and Daddy most of the time for about six weeks, and they just didn’t have the capacity to really understand what was happening. As I looked back at those memories, my body experienced a sense of anxiousness just thinking about it all. As I was processing that anxiety with the Lord, He gently and lovingly reminded me of a couple of things:
1. He brought us through both of those situations.
2. We can never be separated from Him.
Praise God that today, neither Miles nor Jordan are in the hospital. Though we are separated from our children and grandchildren due to COVID-19, my daughter and son-in-love are TOGETHER with their three children and everyone is healthy! I really have a sense that God is using this together time to redeem the trauma they were experiencing a year ago. God brought them through those very difficult times. He didn’t leave them there in that trauma. Though the road from that place has not been without its curves, bumps and rocks, God has carried them through to a new place in this earthly life and to a new place in Him.
He also reminded me, that He was with us through it all. He never left us. It was He who was our strength and who empowered us to keep putting one foot in front of the other - literally for Jordan as he had to learn to walk again. It was His grace that a carried us from one day to the next. It was God who comforted Jordan and Rochelle as they grieved the loss of the life they knew and embarked on a journey of recovery.
So, as we walk through the uncertainties and perhaps trauma of COVID-19 or whatever other trials you face, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will bring comfort through the truths and promises of God’s Word.
Psalm 23:4 - Yea though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; thy rod and they staff they comfort me. (Sorry, I memorized that as a child in the King James Version.)
1 Peter 5:10 - After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. (Thank You, God, that You are doing Your good and perfect work in us through the difficult circumstances we face.)
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:8 - The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Thank You, God, that the sufferings and afflictions we face today are but momentary, and they cannot compare to the coming glory that we will experience in You (see Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:17). Thank You that just as you were with Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego (Daniel 3:25), You are with us in the midst of the refining fire. Thank You that You are doing your transforming work in each of Your children as we walk through the trials and difficulties of the fallen, earthly life, and we can look forward to that day in heaven when You will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Cause us to choose to rest and rejoice in Your goodness, faithfulness, love and LIFE today and everyday. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.