I have seen death’s merciless determination three times in my life. The first was when it chased after my best friend’s mom, then it went after my Grandma, and finally it took my first child, whose face I never saw.
Death appeared to have won all three times, but I know, as a follower of Christ, that this is not the case.
God says He has conquered all death, and surely this must be true for death was left utterly immobilized when faced with the Savior of the world (2 Timothy 1:10).
We clearly see in the Bible that Jesus did not fear death, and was even able to reverse it in the case of Lazarus. However encouraging this reality is, death still has a powerful sting for those of us left behind. It is a great comfort to know that our loved ones are spending eternity in a painless and perfect Heaven, but we are left to face unbearable pain after they are gone.
Unfortunately, this earthly life is full of innumerable painful experiences, even when death is not involved.
However, if we were to see past our grief I think we would find something quite pristine in our pain. For as I sit here on this breezy October afternoon and gaze out my window to find the trees wrapped in the most vivid and electrifying colors, I am reminded that God creates beauty out of the most brutal of circumstances because, you see, these stunning leaves are, in fact, in the throes of death.
This is when I hear God whisper, “You see, my child, some of My most striking work is found in the midst of pain.”
Whether it is death or an ache less permanent, I rely upon God’s promise that He works for my good (Romans 8:28). Because He leaves me completely in awe of the death of a leaf, I know He sends even more beauty to surround me amid any turmoil.
So take James’ advice, rejoice in your trials and watch God transform your hurt into something spectacular (James 1:2).