Celebrating and Mourning
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 ESV
February 10 was a weird day for me this year. I woke up to Facebook telling me I had three friends celebrating birthdays, and another celebrating a child’s birthday. I received a text from my dad telling me their beloved dog of almost 15 years passed away. Later, my spouse received a call from a sibling telling of a death in their family. Next our son informed us of a beloved businessman from our hometown had passed away. And last a friend said goodbye to her mother as she slipped away into eternity.
That was my day, but that is reality every day. People are born and celebrate that day and people on that same day take their last breath on the earth. I sang a song years ago that comes to mind, “Still the world keeps spinning on and on…” Another song also comes to mind, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” And that is the truth. God knows every detail of everything happening on this planet. Nothing surprises Him, just us.
Reality is how we choose to live with this knowledge. Do we act like death can never happen to us? Do we think God has somehow given us a pass that we won’t have to watch a love one die? Do we live in fear when it might be our turn? Or do we fall into the arms of the One who knows all and will be our comfort through it all? The Ecclesiastes verses are for us, but they also reflect who God is as well. He wants to weep with us and laugh with us. He mourns right next to us but He also wants to be included in our dancing. Do you only think about God when you need help and comfort, or do you include Him into every part of your life? Life has its ups and downs, but God will be right there with us through it all. Look for Him in every part of your life.
“This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 The Voice