Yesterday was just a normal Monday- grocery shopping, laundry, trying to convince my 2.5 year old to nap (and failing…)- but I was so thankful for this normal Monday. Just a few weeks ago, we thought yesterday was going to be a Monday we spent in the hospital while Isaac had skull surgery to fix his craniosynostosis. Praise Jesus that He had different plans! The Lord worked so that Isaac did not have to have the surgery. Finding out that Isaac didn’t have to have surgery was some of the best news I’ve ever received.
I’ve been on the other side of things, too, though, where the news isn’t the best. Finding out about Mom’s brain cancer was the hardest news I’ve ever received. I prayed for her physical healing, but the Lord chose differently. The Lord chose to perfectly heal my mom by calling her home to Himself.
So, yes, I’ve been on both sides of life- the side of celebrating and the side of grieving. And can I tell you something about Jesus? Whether on the mountaintop or in the valley, He is there. He is good. His ways are always perfect. He is always faithful. He has gone before us. He is our refuge. He is the provider of our joy and strength. He is the only way to salvation. He is sovereign. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) is still true- in those times of celebration and those times of mourning, He is always working it out for your good and His glory. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) is still true- when life is rocky or when things are going smoothly, Jesus has been and always will be the very same. God is still God and is still on His throne.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV). The author specifically points out in verses 4 and 5 that there is, “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (NIV). There will be times in your life where you mourn. There will be times when you leap for joy. Some seasons of life will be harder than others, and some will be easier, but in all seasons, rest in the fact that God is there. Know that He is sovereign over that season, and He wants to teach you more about Him as you leap your way through it, or as you cry your way through it. Whatever season the Father has you in, trust in Him, fall more in love with Him, and glorify Him. In all seasons, know that God is the good, good Father.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)