Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Cor. 13:12 NLT
In the past year, many people around me have experienced the loss of a loved one. In many of these instances, they lost someone who was very young. A son, a peer, a friend, a nephew.
When a young person passes away it is extremely jolting. It feels unfair. It feels unnatural. Most of all, it feels as though God should have intervened, should have saved them.
It is heartbreaking to watch those close to me grieving this kind of loss. I try to place myself in their position, although I never have been. I am reminded of the fragility and unpredictability of human life on earth, the lack of guarantee.
As time goes on, I watch and observe my loved ones and I study how they move on. Although they continue to live, there is a hole in their heart.
A lot of the time, they turn to Scripture. I have found that even those who are not Christians turn to some type of church counsel or Bible verse. I think this is very significant.
Wisdom in Loss
The Bible is packed with wisdom; so much so that even those who do not choose to acknowledge the authority of the Bible cling to its words when they are seeking comfort and understanding.
The Word of God is the only thing that makes sense when something as senseless and devastating as the loss of a child or friend occurs. It is the only thing that can anchor a life that seems to be spinning out of control.
God Knows Your Pain
There are many tragedies that can occur in a lifetime that we cannot understand; they cannot be explained. Our human perspective is very limited and we have to accept that we may never know why God allowed something so painful to happen.
What we can know, is that God is our Redeemer. He does not forsake us and He makes beautiful things out of the dust, out of destruction. He redeems terrible situations and causes us to be able to share one another’s pain, a form of bonding that is like no other.
He comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Cor. 1:4 NLT
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes about how much he has suffered for Christ- almost to the point of death. Paul becomes even closer to God through his suffering because he learns to be dependent on Him and the promise of eternal life means so much in the face of death.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Cor. 4:8-9 NLT