His Steadfast Love Never Fails
It is a tragedy to lose a child. In the news today, a couple lost their infant son. And just recently, a couple we know experienced a similar loss in their family with the passing of their beloved child. This is such a sad and unnecessary tragedy that it is almost beyond words. Indeed, it is most unnatural for a parent to outlive their children. It is not something any parent would ever want to experience, although it is probably more common than we would care to admit.
As parents, we remember our children as babies crawling around the floor. We remember them as toddlers running around and often getting into everything that they are not supposed to. Then it’s off to kindergarten and school. Before we know it, these young toddlers are teenagers planning out their lives. Soon after that, they’re gone out into the world, putting together lives of their own.
And so it should be. This is the natural flow of life. You first have children, then grandchildren, and later, great grandchildren. If you’re fortunate, you will even experience the joy of great, great grandchildren. Any interruption in this natural flow is a tragedy. I speak from personal experience. Fourteen years ago,I lost my darling sister in a tragic accident.
My brothers and I lost our only sister, and my father lost his only daughter. At the time, I was in western Ohio, sleeping in my truck. I remember the time. The call came in at exactly 0300 hrs. It was my brother telling me “Darlene’s dead.” Yes, I was told just like that — very bluntly. Let’s just say I had an interesting rest of my day. As soon as possible, I left for home.
Needless to say, it was two days of many mixed emotions. As it turned out, it was probably the best thing for me. I had a chance to work out the details of Darlene’s death in my own heart and try to make sense of a very nonsensical tragedy. In the end, I came to the conclusion that we do not have to understand why these things happen. They just happen. Life comes and life goes. We just have to learn to live our lives to the best of our abilities. One day at a time. One foot in front of the other.
But what I also discovered is that during times like these, people have a tendency to ask why God would let these tragedies occur. Why would God take my sister from us? My answer? God doesn’t cause bad things or allow bad things to happen to us. He is not testing us. He is not sabotaging us. He is not trying to get our attention. Nor is He blaming us for something we did many years earlier. Rather, our heavenly Father is watching over us, gently encouraging us to believe in Him and to seek His righteousness. After all, God created us and knew us while we were still in the womb so He also knows what is in our hearts. He feels every ounce of our pain and sorrow, even in death.
So, who does have dominion over the earth? Besides man who was given authority over the earth, there is the fallen angel who thought himself wiser than God. It is satan that is the source of all bad and evil that causes so much hurt and pain within the world. It is satan that runs to and fro seeking to devour whomever he may. Causing tragedy and hurt wherever he can, including the untimely and unexpected death of children.
We need to remember that God gave each and every one of us threescore and ten years to live. And given how much He loves us, how dare anyone blame Jesus for their hurt? He who knew no sin willingly became sin for us. He knows about death firsthand. So, instead of being angry, take time to be thankful to the One who shed His precious blood on a cross for us. It is He who desires that we would become His beloved children and friends. Sons and daughters forever of the Most High King.
This blog is written for George and Melinda. My heart and prayers are with you both. May our Lord God and Saviour keep you and your family safe in His arms.