“If you don’t take it all as gift, you end up taking it all for granted — which amounts to not taking anything good from life at all.”
Death taught me this. Six precious lives in five years instantly slipped from this world to the next. Two of them right before my eyes. The horror of death. The ugliness. Don’t let anyone tell you that death is beautiful. I saw LIFE leave my parents and it did not look pretty. I saw my son’s shell returned to me in a coffin and it was “Ichabod” – the glory had departed. And yet……
The very ‘living’ of these experiences taught me – albeit it took me many years of hard grieving and intense wrestling with God – that it is all a gift. All of life. That God is God and He is good – whether I am comfortable or not. Happy or not.
It took experience. It took suffering. Yes, suffering to learn to fully appreciate life.
And now we have Sutton. We have been granted a little respite in our suffering. I have no doubt we are NOT through suffering on this planet. God’s word is quite plain on that subject. “Count it all as joy, my brethren when you experience trials.” We’re not done. You aren’t either. But we have Sutton. And we have experience. And we have today.
We have lived long enough to know joy does not last forever so suck every moment of it up. Breathe in the fresh morning air. Savor the first cup of coffee. Gaze into the sky and KNOW that your Redemption draweth nigh.
He is God.
He is alive and on the throne.
He never makes a mistake.
He has you.
We are seeing life through the eyes of a child again. We are re-learning life. That a hug cures most everything. That the arms of Abba make the world right and safe and secure. That there is wonder all around. That naps and snacks and allowing someone to carry you make the journey much more enjoyable.
And one day – by God’s will and grace Sutton will grow up and live her own life and she will only have her memories of a Pops and Mimi who did their best to teach her that life is all about joy and sorrow, love and loss, and grace. Remarkable God-giving, life-breathing grace. We will remind her that nothing in this life is forever except Him so take nothing for granted. The One who gives and takes away. And we will teach her to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”