Within the past 2 weeks, I have had to struggle with my friend’s sudden death. According to how I think, she should not have died so young. She should have lived to old age; to see her grandchildren grow up. She should have taken that trip to Hawaii to await the arrival of her newest granddaughter. This isn’t the way it should be; that’s how I think.
In my grief, the Lord gave me a visual- a canvas painting of her life. The only problem was, I could only see one very small section of that picture illuminated; the rest was dark to me- I could not see it. God sees the whole, I cannot. Therefore, I don’t understand the why, the purpose for her sudden departure. Maybe if I could see it all, I would understand but for some reason God chooses to let me see only one small part.
I rejoice that she is with the Lord. She is free of pain and the physical frustrations she suffered. She kept her trust in God through it all- refusing to give in to self-pity and despair. I rejoice for her but the pain of her leaving is tough. The “whys” remain unanswered; I choose to trust a loving God who painted her canvas.
I can grieve with hope because I know someday I will see my friend again.
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