Today is one of those days which a person always prays that will never come. My BFF, Cora and her family are mourning the loss of her 20 year old grandson, Jared Frame. The funeral is this afternoon and even though we know that Jared is in Heaven, his loss here is being felt in so many families. Last week, so many of us questioned why God would allow such a tragedy to people who have served so faithfully their Lord and Savior. When so many hundreds of people had been praying and asking the Lord not to take Jared ‘s life, why did God not answer those prayers? He did, but just not in the way we hoped.
This morning, waking up early and reading Streams in the Desert, this was the devotion of the day, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, who passing through the valley of weeping, make it a well.” Psa 84-5-6
It went on to say,
“Comfort does not come to the light-hearted and merry. We must go down into “depths” if we would experience this more precious of God’s Gifts–comfort, and thus be prepared to be co-workers together with Him.
When night-needful night–gathers over the garden of our souls, when the leaves close up and the flowers no longer hold any sunlight within their folded petals, there shall never be wanting, even in the thickest darkness, drops of heavily dew, dew which falls only when the sun has gone.
I have been through the valley of weeping.
The valley of sorrow and pain;
But the God of all comfort was with me, At hand to uphold and sustain.
As the earth needs the clouds and sunshine, Our souls need both sorrow and joy;
So He places us oft in the furnace, the dross from the gold to destroy.
When he leads through some valley of trouble, His omnipotent hand we trace.
For the trials and sorrows He sends us, Are part of HIs lessons in grace.
Oft we shrink from the purging and pruning, Forgetting the Husbandman knows that the deeper the cutting and paring; The richer the cluster that grows.
As we travel thro’ life’s shadow’d valley, Fresh springs of His love ever rise;
And we learn that our sorrows and losses, Are blessings just sent in disguise.
So we’ll follow wherever He leadeth. Let the path be dreary or bright;
For we’ve proved that our God can give comfort; Our God can give songs in the night.”
Todays posting is taken from Springs in the Desert Devotion book.
As we celebrate Jared’s wonderful faithful too-short lived life, this afternoon, we have to trust that God has a wonderful purpose and plan that even though we do not understand, and maybe will not this side of Heaven, our prayers are that God is glorified. Jared’s parents have said that they want to “serve their Lord well”! Becky and Darren, you are shining examples of living that request very well. May God be glorified today through the tears and the pain.