My heart is heavy today for friends who have known deep loss. It was on this day that sweet Sam went to be with Jesus. He was a little boy with the biggest smile I've ever seen and the ability to teach all in his presence about the joy of life despite his lack of speech. "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young," 1 Timothy 4:12 says, "But set an example for the believers." Teach in his short years of life Sammy surely did, and those of us who were privileged to know him are better for it.
Mixed emotion bears tentacles in my being. I'm grateful for the dreams this little boy inspired in my own heart. Surely his legacy has transformed my life, giving me courage in places I will one day share with you. Yet, I'm sad for the void his loss leaves behind, especially for his family who daily misses those huge smiles.
Loss jars us all at one point or another. We say goodbye to people. We say goodbye to dreams. We say goodbye to the life we envisioned ourselves to lead. Sunny, humid days suddenly feel dark and heavy. And this God that promises we will walk through fire but not be burned (Isaiah 43:2) seems quiet and even absent if we don't choose to mentally stake claim in His promised goodness when emotions don't follow.
My trip to Lewis was only to get two wide ruled notebooks to complete the first grade supply list. After getting the rest of their items my girls were excitedly labeling their things when this need became known and once little kids are on fire with a task you simply can't leave it incomplete. At least not with my girls. So, I went to the nearest store because the Tiny Tot was beyond her nap time and breakdown was on the horizon. I was admittedly in "get in, get out" mode when I saw it
And a teary sheen covered my eyes. A frog. A bike. Hope. Today.
God showed up in a frog, again. Fully Relying On God made frogs beloved in Sam's family. In Sammy's days here and earth and since he has gone to be with Jesus frogs have decorated his family's home and life as reminder of God's presence and love on the good days and the bad.
Slow down, I'm right here in the midst of this loving you tight, God murmurs.
And even on our dark days our eyes can see the light. Because this God who says we'll have valleys doesn't leave us in the details of dreary hours.
Slow down, open your eyes, & jump on the back of the tandem bike. Pedal on even when your soul is ragged worn, my friends,
Because this is only a piece of His glorious unfolding.
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