Today had some challenges. Behavioural challenges … of course. The eldest teasing and tormenting.
The usual, really.
Sometimes it can feel discouraging. We are trying to teach our kids about respect, loving one another, obeying their parents and God.
And then they hurt one another. And my momma heart aches. And my anger can sometimes flare. And my words get harsh.
But then you hear news about another family. An amazing family that loves God and was serving and living for Him in another country of the world.
The death of a husband, a father of three, a guy who loved God and lived life to the fullest, killed in a freak construction accident.
And your heart breaks in a different way; in a “how could this happen?” sort of way. How can a mother of three young ones be a widow in her early 30’s? And how can her kids now be fatherless?
It seems unfathomable…. incomprehensible….. Injust.
What good can come of this, God? Oh, that we could only see the mosaic that you see! That we could have eyes to understand the bigger picture at a death that seems senseless and untimely. We know that you are with us in our pain, Lord, for You are close to the broken-hearted and save those who are crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18)
I look back over the day with its discouragements and moments of anger and I am thankful for what I have. We are not dealing with the immense loss that this other family is going through. Perhaps the sibling rivalry, the teasing and the screaming are small prices to pay for the privilege of living and learning together daily. To have one another at the end of the day.
Small mercies, Lord. I’m thankful for the small mercies.
My heart goes out to the friends and family of Rob Hall. May God’s peace and love surround you during this time of loss.