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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Three years?

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” - Psalms 90:12

It is hard to believe, looking back now, almost 13 years ago (I guess it will be 13 years ago on September 25), I snapped this picture. Sure, I thought it was funny – a photo of several people getting set up to take timer pictures of all of us. But, there was an ulterior motive – I thought the gal on the left, wearing the red bandana, was a pretty special gal. And boy, was I ever right. What a joy it was, when 525 days later, we made a covenant before God for “as long as we both shall live.” 3045 days later, Kelsey stepped into eternity. So many special memories made during those 3570 days from the day I snapped this picture until the day she was safely home. So much refining. So much grief and pain as Kelsey died here on earth and stepped into the presence of her Lord and Savior.

Three years since that day? Sometimes it feels like it has been much longer, sometimes much shorter. Throughout the despair, heartache, and grief, God has remained constant. I heard this song today for the first time (which I suppose makes sense, due to the fact it was written on June 29 for another husband left behind with his daughter). Many of you may have seen the story of Megan Johnson, who died in childbirth. This is a song which was written for her husband Nathan. The lyrics are below the video.

Always Good – Andrew Peterson

Do you remember how Mary was grieving?
How you wept when she fell at your feet?
If it’s true that you know what I’m feeling
Could it be that you’re weeping with me?
Arise, O Lord, and save me
There’s nowhere else to go
You’re always good
Always good
Somehow this sorrow
Is shaping my heart like it should
And you’re always good
Always good
It’s so hard to know what you’re doing
Why won’t you tell it all plain?
But you said you’d come back on the third day
And Peter missed it again and again
So maybe the answer surrounds us
And we don’t have eyes to see
That you’re always good
Always good
This heartache is moving me closer
Than joy ever could
And you’re always good
My God, my God, be near me
There’s nowhere else to go
And Lord, if you can hear me
Please help your child to know
That you’re always good
Always good
As we try to believe
What is not meant to be understood
Will you help us to trust
Your intentions for us are still good
‘Cause you laid down your life
And you suffered like I never could
You’re always good

Isn’t it true? There really is nowhere else to go! And God is always good! Praying God encourages you with that truth today …