David wrote in Psalm 56:8 (NLT) You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
For some reason the fact that Abba Lord was Himself collecting every tear that fell from Dee’s family and friend’s eyes in individual bottles greatly comforted my soul. David knew everything that happened to him was recorded by Abba Father. He knew his tears would someday turn to praises in heaven. That was the hope he had in his Lord. Being yoked to the Maker of our soul does not mean we will not suffer, cry, experience grief, loss and loneliness, but it does mean we need not despair. Psalm 6:8b The Lord has heard my weeping.
He says He works everything out for our good when we run to Him. Dee is no longer suffering. She is safe in the arms of Jesus celebrating her eternal life with Him. All is well. Check out what Paul wrote in Romans 8 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”
Paul also assures us that in the blink of an eye we pass from death to life; we take our last breath on earth and immediately we find ourselves in the presence of our Lord.
John 14:1-3 (NIV) Jesus Comforts His Disciples “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Dee fought the good fight, and now she can rest and rejoice.
What should those of us left behind do? From Nourishments-Food for the Soul:
The Season of Sorrow
Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2, 4 (NLT)
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest . . . A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
If your heart is heavy, go ahead and cry all night because joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)! When you cry out to Abba, taking your pain to Him, His Grace never fails. As surely as a new day dawns after the darkness of night, God will send a new day of Comfort and Strength. While you live in this fallen world, there will be sad days. Recognize different seasons will come and go, in your life and in the lives of others. But Abba’s love will sustain you through them all.
You are called to be God’s messenger of Mercy to those in a season of pain and grief. Allow them the grace to walk through the dark valley; but encourage them to move forward toward the breaking dawn. There is a time to laugh and a time to cry; for everything there is a season.