Wednesday, January 6, 2016

5 Years Ago, Praising God In All Circumstances

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“Job stood up and tore his robe in grief.  Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship.  He said, ‘I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.  The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.  Praise the name of the Lord!’”  Job 1: 20,21 NLT

It was 5 years ago.  Sometimes the time goes by quickly and at other times it seems to drag on.  I know that from time to time I go back to that day that changed my life forever.  You relive it and think about the days before leading up to that fateful day. You think about the days after too and how you reacted to people you came in contact with.  It changes you in ways that you never imagined.  You get new perspectives on life, faith, and so much more.  You can empathize with a whole new group of people.  For some of us there are several 5 years ago experiences in our life that we can say changed us dramatically from that day forward. 

Some of those 5 years ago experiences are good things like your wedding day, baptisms, and other joyous occasions.  They change you from that day forward too.  But what about those bad experiences that come our way especially when you are a special needs family?

For you it may be the day you heard that diagnosis for your child that you didn’t want to hear.

Or you heard that the cancer returned for your child.

Maybe you just got the news that she will never be able to walk again and the mourning starts all over for all that she will miss in life.

You may have found out that the last possible medication to help your son isn’t working and on top of that you just got the news that your spouse lost his job. 

I heard the news 5 years ago today that our oldest son had just passed away after a long battle with mental illness.  His prognosis hadn’t been good because he had been ill for a long time and was resisting most forms of treatment quite often.  It was not the first life changing experience revolving around David, but it was definitely one of the more profound ones.  There have been other 5 years ago experiences in my life too both good and bad, but I don’t have time to tell them all to you now.

I never would have thought I’d be planning my son’s funeral some 28 years earlier when he came into the world, much less planning on such a mix of people attending it.  Some of his friends included people that had felony records while others were dear family friends.  He was friends with people that most people consider the untouchables.  We prayed as to how to be sensitive to all that came to pay their respects and grieve his loss. 

It’s these types of events that really shape us and can really transform us.  Sometimes we may run away from God instead of running to him when these things happen.  Sometimes we gain new perspectives that far outweigh the pain we are going through.  No matter what we always have a choice and often the choice we make can set the course for more heartache or healing and trusting God in all circumstances.  Praising Him in all circumstances really helps us trust God in all circumstances.  Even when we don’t understand the why, we can always trust in God.  He promises us that.

Words cannot describe how trusting God with even the death of a child and praising Him in all circumstances has brought us even closer to God.  He promises us so much, but often it's hard to see the glorious end when we are in the middle of heartache.  Even when everything is falling apart around us, He is still there.  

This is my prayer for me and you:  Lord, help me to Praise you at all times and in all circumstances.  Help me to trust in your word when it tells me that you will never leave me.  Lastly, help me when my faith is weak. 

Ann Gapinski
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