In a world with so much hurt, pain, and loss it can be hard to think of this life as beautiful sometimes.
This has been SO heavy on my heart the last few weeks. As I have been scrolling through social media I have seen so much loss and so many precious children who have passed away leaving their families devastated. Today it has actually been one year since my Nana went to be with Jesus. I have asked God “why” so many times. You see, as I dig more into scripture it is clear as humans we are not capable of understanding the entirety of God’s will. We only see the tiniest pieces to the puzzle. If you are even a little bit of a control freak like me this is a hard pill to swallow. While reading my bible yesterday I came to the story of Lazarus. As I was reading the story there was one thing Jesus said that really spoke to me.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25
When Jesus asked, “Do you believe this?” I really felt the Lord was asking me this question so I read the scripture again. This time instead of sorrow I felt Joy. When we believe in Jesus there is never death only the turning of a page. This life on earth is just a very small part of our story. When we prayed for my Nana to be healed she was. She woke up in eternity with Jesus and was healed. All those precious babies who have passed are now sitting on His lap and playing at His feet. They will never feel sorrow or pain again; and if we have the Lord in our hearts we will see them SOON.
This life is not perfect but it is beautiful. We will feel pain and heartbreak but we also get to experience love and joy. I want to live every single day as if it were my last because this life is really short. Even if we live to be 100 years old this life is short. I have always felt a lot of fear when it comes to eternity but it isn’t something to be afraid of when you have Jesus. It is something to look forward too and be excited about.
I want to encourage you to take a step back today and look at all the beautiful things in your life. It can be so easy to get caught up on little things that don’t go your way. I thank God for my family here and for the time I got to spend with my Nana and Papa. Even though they are gone the time with them was still beautiful. Live every day with purpose, filled with love, and be thankful because God has blessed us with this beautiful life.
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