Grief has a way of catching us off guard at times, doesn’t it? Sometimes it seems to come upon us slowly and other times, it seems to hit us like a freight train. Whether it’s through the loss of a loved one, a marriage that is struggling, or a child making poor decisions, we sometimes find ourselves in places that we didn’t expect. Places of discouragement. Places of hurt. Places of heartache. Places that cause us to grieve for what might have been. Have you ever been there?
When I find myself in the midst of grief, I am reminded that the path before me is not one that I walk alone. Isaiah reminds me,
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you . . . I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you. So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.”
Isaiah 43:2-5 (MSG)
“Don’t be afraid: I’m with you.” On those days that you grieve for what was or for what might have been, be reminded that you are not alone. When you find yourself in the midst of a day that leaves you feeling discouraged, be reminded that you are not alone. When fear of the future and what might be threatens to take hold, be reminded that you are not alone. Turn your gaze towards Him, lean into His strength, and press on. God promises to be there.