Real hope even from a place of pain

My friend Beth wrote this and I asked her permission to share it on my page. It’s heartfelt truth in a time of horrendous pain. I think you’ll be encouraged as you read her words to remember where our hope is found—

4 weeks ago today, I hugged and kissed my husband for the last time when he left for work.

I worked late and called to talk to him on my way home. He had bought dinner for us and had it waiting on the table for me. When I got home, the house was empty. I knew he was probably outside working on something.

He called me at 7:53 pm and told me he was helping someone and he was talking to them about going to church that Sunday. We hung up and I started to eat supper.

23 minutes later my life was forever changed. A frantic young man came and told me my husband was under the car. I ran and called 911 as I was running. When I reached him, there was nothing I could do but scream and pray as I watched him take his last breaths.

We had plans the next day to plant the garden and put mulch in the flower beds. We were planning on going to church as a family on Easter Sunday and having everyone over for lunch and do our family pictures as we did each year. But that’s not what happened.

God has spoken to me a lot through this trial and He is my strength. I COULD NOT make it without Him.

His Word says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9

His plans are bigger than ours. His plans are eternal. We only see what’s right in front of us.

Life is a vapor and we are not promised tomorrow. Death is coming to all of us.

The Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Hebrews 9:27-28

We need to be ready to meet our Lord. Believing in God and Jesus is not enough. James 2:19 says, even the devils also believe, and tremble.

It’s more than going to church, listening to Christian songs, or going to Bible studies, or even doing good for others.

Jesus said to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. Jesus said we must love Him with ALL of our HEART, ALL of our SOUL, ALL of our MIND, ALL of our STRENGTH and love our neighbours as ourselves. It’s about choosing Him and walking in a relationship with Him daily.

It’s this relationship that is giving me strength in the biggest trial of my life. In my flesh, I am hurting worse than I ever have and feel like part of me died with my husband that day. But spiritually, I have an assurance because I know my husband knew the Lord and I know the Lord as my Saviour, that I will see him again one day. This separation is only temporary. This gives me hope, joy, and peace.

He is my Conforter.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I will lay up my treasures in heaven and run my race until the Lord calls me home.

This is His promise to those who choose Him as Lord of their lives…

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

So many have been affected by death recently. I beg you to examine your heart and make sure you are walking in a relationship with Him before it’s too late.

Please pray for Beth and her family. Thank you Beth for encouraging so many through your pain. ❤️🙏

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