As I sit here this morning, listening to the thunder rumble outside, my heart hurts for two sweet friends of mine, who each had a devestating day yesterday.
One lost her son, before he was even able to take his first breaths on Earth.
Another friend, a young son of one of my friends, lost his cat.
Both hearts are broken. Both families are mourning deeply, and while Ice cream for dinner, and a new toy might have helped ease the pain some, for my young friend, it doesn’t lessen the loss.
It may seem crazy to compare the loss of a child to the loss of a cat, but for both of my friends, these losses have forever changed their lives, and they most likely are grieving deeper then they ever have before.
Ironically enough, I was also dealing with my own Journey. Quite literally. My sweet baby rescue donkey has had a hard time gaining weight, so when the vet came, he took blood to run labs. I had all these scenarios running through my head, from cancer to liver failure. Thankfully, we think it’s just ulcers, and maybe just the fact that she’s slowly getting better, but it just takes time.
But as I waited to hear those results, all the bigger stuff swirling around in the world these days, from COVID to unemployment, just didn’t matter.
I think the take away from all of this, is that while yes, we are all experiencing this same pandemic, at the same time, it isn’t the same for all of us.
Yes, the stormy ocean may be the same, but we’re not in the same boat. Some of us have big yachts, while others have tiny fishing boats held together with tar, patches and prayers that the leaks don’t get bigger. But, when you’re the one on your boat, what the other boats look like doesn’t seem to really matter.
Have you ever been night fishing in a boat? It can be quite terrifying. It can also be quite wonderful, if you have two things: A good light on your boat, and having a boat captian who knows the water. I remember fishing at night, being scared at first, but seeing the tiny lights from other boats dancing in the water, and knowing my captian knew every inch of the water, left me feeling safe, regardless what I wasn’t able to see.
Well my friends, I’m here to assure you, that if you have Christ in you, you already have both. As our Captian, Jesus knows this stormy sea like the back of his nail pierced hands.
And the light….the light is us. The light is in us. Even when things feel rocky, and uncertain…. especially when things feel rocky and uncertain…that’s when you need to hang that light up high, for others to see that even if they are alone on their boat, there are others out here on this same ocean, and we couldn’t have chartered a better prepared crew for this journey.