Sunday, December 18, 2016

When Things Are Taken Away

When things are taken from us by death or through a painful circumstance of life, our first response can be to begin looking for a replacement. We want to fill our place of loss with someone or something. We think by filling the void with a replica we can make the pain go away. That response can create a greater sorrow than the emptiness.

What if replacement was not God’s plan? What if your emptiness was to be occupied only with a memory of God’s goodness and mercy, not with a replacement created in a moment of deep and uncounseled despair?

With God, a place of grief and sorrow is never meant to be your destination. In His great love, God is creating a new place not filled with debilitating grief or shrouded with unresolved sorrow. He is inviting you to come and experience something so new you would never have thought its existence was possible. These are places where new love is found or where a second chance at a stolen opportunity is offered once again.

God is creating a place of increase and provision in your future beyond the cold boundaries of what was lost. At His invitation, move with Him into the empty and unfurnished room of your future and allow Him to decorate that empty space with unbelievable expressions of His love and provision. From that newfound place of joy the pain of your past will find a healthy perspective in your history and you will find rest in your soul.

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