On Christmas day of 2017, our world as we knew it markedly turned. My dad was taken into hospital. What seemed like a short illness changed our lives. From that day and the months that followed, our family has encountered sorrow in many ways. Encircled by debilitating illness to sudden loss, I have found grace. In countless moments, I grasp the hand of God (unceasingly at work), as I have pleaded with Him for a calm and grateful heart, that notes all His blessings. Particularly in this hard valley of life where some lessons are gruellingly learnt.
Do you find yourself with a future that suddenly feels like the bottom fell out from under you?
Grief approaches us all. And understanding God’s utmost idea for grief is grace. Because in the ruthless shift, that has no compromise. Only God’s love can ravage our hearts and passionately rescue us, as we wander towards restoration, following the impact of death.
In what seems like a haze, where you feel desperate and despite yourself. I have witnessed both God’s unearned and undeserved favour, that flowed from the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16) into our circumstances. When we feel rich or poor, powerful or powerless, we know that it is only by God’s grace we have the strength to face whatever surprises provoke and goad us. How truly amazing is God’s grace. For if we never encounter the divine kindness of God, we would never comprehend His eternal hope.
How do you wake up to a new day and hope when all your dreams feel smashed apart and shattered to smithereens?
Whatever the circumstances, whether we watch a loved one fading with an incurable illness or wake up each day to the hard reality staring back at us, that they are gone never to return. We have the confidence that God can and will carry us to every end, because His goodness and love chases us all the days of our life (Psalm 23:6).
‘Grief So Abrupt’ is my personal navigation through life’s storms, where Christ is my beacon to relate and normalise something we often prefer not to face. When the way seems dark and there is no support at every corner. Comfort and beauty seems lost, as we search for a flashlight to guide our daily path. Then in our affliction God’s word gives us life (Psalm 119:50). In these times we must motivate ourselves, pursue delight and revive our hearts through God’s strength that increases the power of our weak soul (Isaiah 40:29). As He draws us with His unfailing kindness and loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), through one of the darkest valleys we will wrestle with. For God is the strength of our heart and our portion forever (Psalm 73:26).
I hope you will turn the pages with me and draw hope from the Healer of your broken heart, who is close to you at this time when your spirit is crushed (Psalm 34:18). The path where I launched my writing to the next level, was following a conversation with a truly remarkable woman whose legacy will live on. From her inspiration I was nudged to step out of my valley and allow God to make it a door of hope. See more about her story that will touch your heart.