Tuesday, November 5, 2013

This Season

 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven-  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Good times.  Bad times.  Hard times.  Joyful times.
Everyone has them and I am no different.  This past week has been tough.  Last Tuesday morning, my aunt passed away.  She was my mom's baby sister; she was only 50 and was only diagnosed with cancer for 11 weeks before the cancer won; she left behind a 24 year old daughter and an 11 year old daughter.  

So this season has been hard.

Visiting with her the last few days, watching the toll it took on her girls, watching my mom, meeting with the funeral home, standing in the receiving line, singing at the graveside...

...these things are difficult and exhausting.

A week later, the gravity of it is finally settling in.  The truth is, that even in this season, God is good.  I can tell you that time after time, God's mercy carried her and carried us throughout this ordeal.

Because let's be honest: cancer is an ordeal.  

But I gotta tell you, the mercy that ministered to me the most during this season was this season.

 It's like God was telling me, "Only I can make death beautiful.  Only I can take a terrible event and make it glorious."

The irony that a really bad week happened to occur during what I consider to be the most beautiful week of the year was not lost on me.  Every time I walked outside, there was the reminder that God is in the details...the radiant colors, the crispest mornings and the golden glow of the evenings.

He was there the whole time.

This morning, I heard a song that tied all of this together:

"All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You"

 Earlier in the post, I said that the cancer won.  Well that's just not true.  Right now, my aunt is cancer free in a place where there is no sickness.  And her girls will be okay because God is good.  And one day, we will see her again in the only place that is more beautiful this season.

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1 comment:

  1. So sorry for your loss. I just wanted to say a quick thank you for sharing your thoughts and this beautiful song - I'm in a pretty rough season too and your post reminded me to remember God's got this all under control.