The world will try to mold you... but
be determined to be the woman that GOD
desires for you to be!
On New Year's Eve I had to put my beloved cat of twelve and a half years, Lunabelle, to sleep. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, besides watching both of my grandparents die. My grief for the family that I've lost, along with my precious fur baby, all but crippled me. In a way, it felt like a part of my heart went to heaven with her.
I'm not writing this for you to take pity on me. There are plenty of people who've lost way more than I have. And I am so grateful for the family and friends that God has given me. But I realize that loss is a part of everyone's life. However, we don't always think about it until the day it happens to us.
When we're young, sometimes it feels like we will live forever on this earth. Eternity in heaven hardly crosses our minds. That is until we face death, usually through grieving a loved one.
Grief remind us of our humanity, and it points to our need for heaven.
It reminds us of our true eternal home with Jesus.
Nobody likes to grieve. It's uncomfortable and heart-wrenching. It brings out the worst in our character, and it leaves us in despair. But there's a silver lining that we can look up to even in the midst of pain.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NIV)
We have hope.
The hope of heaven, and the hope of redemption through the blood of Christ!
I feel like the real reason Jesus cried over the death of His friend Lazarus (John 11:35) is because He lamented over the fact that we must face pain and grief here on earth. He knew the eternal bliss of heaven. Our fleshly minds can only have a taste while here on earth.
Jesus knew that he could raise Lazarus from the dead, but he became suddenly aware of the fragile humanity we face with grief. That is why God is our greatest comforter in our time of loss.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NIV)
Although we must face loss and grief here in this life, God's promise of comfort and everlasting life is our hope.
So what is our purpose here on earth? It is to love God and to love others, to point them to the only one who can truly redeem them.
Everyone faces loss, and they can all experience the comfort and hope that Jesus brings. We can be an example of this, but we must learn to grow through grief.
We must learn to grieve with Jesus.
The day Lunabelle went home to worship her Creator, it felt like a piece of me went with her. But maybe that's the sign we're all looking for, the sign of something more than just this life. Grief can point us toward heaven and remind us of the joy we not only have in the future, but also the strength that God gives us to live fully today.
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Emily Susanne has a full life as a college student and owner/blogger of fearfullywonderfullyme.com.
She dedicated her life to follow Jesus, encourage others, and write with passion. When she isn't covered in pen ink or lost in a book, Emily can be found obsessing over cats and donuts.
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I am first and foremost a Child of the Most High God, then the Farmer’s wife, and then a mommy. I have a passion for Christ, but also a passion for other women to have a passion for Christ. I've spent much time earning various degrees, and traveling the world on various medical missions. All of my hard work and the Lord’s guidance has led me to the best life possible I could never have imagined, living on a farm where life moves slow and simple. Visit me at: Grace Garden And Homestead
Piper is a college freshman majoring in Christian Education/Ministry Formation & Business/Economics in the hopes of being equipped to go into the ministry or mission field long term.