Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tragedy comes at very inopportune times and wears a number of faces, all of which are scary. Tragedy attacks the soul, the heart, courage, convictions, moral integrity, shredding a person’s core.
Confusion, despair, fear, anger, self indictments, what if’s, if only’s, hopelessness, cursing, anger at God, revenge, scheming, repairing, rebuilding, forgiveness, acceptance, developing a plan, embracing a course of action, hard work, sleepless nights, stress, worry, tears, more tears, more tears, praying for strength, praying for a mate, praying for children, questioning God, questioning the plan, pleading with God, a window of hope, determination, slight signs of progress, more hard work, more sleepless nights, more tears, signs of healing, signs of repair, believing in the plan, adjusting the plan, needing grace, giving grace…day after day, month after month, year after year.
Then one day sunlight glistens from new spring green, filtering through layers of leaf filled tree tops, catching the eye. I stop stunned it is – color –amazing color - today, this day, color broke past the gray.
How many years had the color been gone? To many.
But now, this is what the LORD says…
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior
-New International Version