Grief is a part of life; however, no one wants it. And. There are those who avoid our grief, not wanting to be touched by it, as, if, our tragedy will bring tragedy to their life. But. There are individuals willing to walk the long journey with us, open to their life changing as they come alongside. The thing is . . . it is what it is for our family . . . a time to find our way through the impact of death and sorrow. Through it all, we’ve recognized the presence and power of God breaking through the darkness of the ongoing storm of grief. And. We’ve seen and experienced the break through power of God in amazing ways. The best way to explain it all is with the picture our friends took on their way home from Miss Lucy Mae’s celebration of life service. They looked up and saw light breaking through the stormy skies. So. They took the picture and sent it to us. It tells our story of God breaking through this fierce storm that we are in.
With God, there’s no reason to fear, even in the worst of storms. God is our Light breaking through darkness . . . Life breaking through death . . . Love breaking through suffering . . . Beginnings breaking through endings . . . Hope breaking through hopelessness . . . Peace breaking through the chaos of it all. It is what the writer of Psalms declared: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121: 1-2, NIV).
And, as we lift our eyes up and see the Maker of heaven and earth breaking though our storm, we find a peace that changes the way we get through the storm. Yes. We continue to ask why; however, we trust God in it all. And. Once again the song, Always, resonates with the soul through the confession “My Help Comes From the Lord.” So. Though we are in the storm, we’ve experienced the break through power of God in the worst of it all as we make our own journey home.
Lift up your eyes. God is your Refuge, your Help, your Light in the darkness of the storm. Always.
Learning to Kickstart the day with faith God will always break through the storm,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)