The work, which His goodness began,
The arm of His strength will complete.
His promise is Yea and Amen,
And never was forfeited yet.
~Augustus M. Toplady
Loss is painful. Take my friend, Melany, for example. At he age of forty she has suffered more grief than anyone else I know. Yet, God’s grace has ultimately been sufficient through it all. The truth is God never said trouble wouldn’t come our way. He did, however, promise a way out, and the power of His presence.
I’ve often wondered how Melany survived since she didn’t grow up in a home where there was much Christian influence. Her family only went to church occasionally. On Easter, Melany recalls that their family was the type that went to church only to show off their new clothes. Without a strong relationship with the living God, I don’t see how anyone could endure the hardships of life. But God intervened in Melany’s life when she was twelve years old. A friend invited her to church camp. It was there that she met the Lord. Even though she had no one in her life to help her grow spiritually, that was okay. After all, the apostle Paul says, “And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again” (Philippians 1:6).
I imagine, like most, Melany didn’t realize the full benefit of putting her trust in Christ that day. Through all her misfortune, God has faithfully been her strength time and time again. In fact, the first time she experienced God’s sustaining power was during a time of utter shock when her brother was killed in a car accident. The culprits were stormy weather, alcohol, and a speeding car. His death completely devastated Melany and her family. She says her dad was never the same. He became bitter and lost his zeal for life. What a tragedy when the death of a son led to a living death for this father. Pain can do that. It can trap us and steal our life.
“Why does heartache hurt so much? Is there any hope? This is a question I will attempt to answer over the next few post as I share my friend, Melany’s, story. I’m so thankful she has allowed me to do so. I’ve learned so much from her faith walk. I hope you will too.
Here’s a clue about what’s ahead. I hope you’ll join me by adding your thoughts, sharing your story, or asking a question. I may not know the answer, but we’ll discover it together.
Why does it hurt?:
It hurts when we hold on too tight.
It hurts when we harbor anger and unforgiveness.
It hurts when we fail to move forward.
It hurts when we experience mulitpul losses.