Have you ever felt as though someone punched you in the stomach? Have you felt so overcome with grief that you can’t stop crying or eat? I have. Seven years ago, my mother and my only child died.
Mama died before Mother’s Day, and my only child died three days after it. I wanted to die too and join them in heaven. I prayed, “God, please take me too.”
Have you ever prayed that way?
God didn’t answer that prayer. Instead he showed me that my mother and my only child would want me to go on living and do what I’d been called to do.
So I asked God, “Will you please help me do the best I can? Will you give me the strength and determination to go on without them?”
Three books and dozens of speaking engagements later, it’s obvious God answered my second prayer.
What will you do when grief almost cripples you? Will you ask God to take you home too? Will you pray for divine grace and power to go without your loved one?
As long as you’re still here, God isn’t done with you yet. He has plans for you. Do you know what his purpose is for you? If you don’t know, will you ask him what it is?
I often claimed Romans 11:29 for my life. It says, “For God’s gift and his call are irrevocable.” I still remind myself of that verse when other obstacles hinder my progress. You can claim that promise for your life too.
Prayer: Dear God, without __________, I admit I don’t want to go on. I would rather die and join them. Give me grace and strength to continue without __________. Please show me the gift you’ve given me and the call on my life. Amen.
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega June 11, 2016