I am constantly amazed whenever I read through the Psalms of the many tragedies, storms, disappointments, and fears David endured throughout his life. Yet, he rightly turns to the Lord for comfort and direction. We all will have our share of storms in this life.
I had occasion to make some trips through Pine Creek Valley this week. I would never turn down the opportunity to visit some of God’s beautiful Creation in our own backyard. As a matter of fact, my wife and I have seen God’s glory in many different states. From the majesty of the Tetons to the awe of the Grand Canyon, but we always say that Little Pine Lake tops them all.
As I drove though the valley, I was in a different than usual mindset. The previous eve we had received some devastating news from our close friends. Their daughter had died. One cannot imagine how another feels in this situation. As a parent, this is the tragedy of tragedies. I was in another world and felt ill. Knowing that my friends had to endure this, sickened me. During my drive, I was praying to the Father and asking the usual questions.
It was not long before I regained my spiritual focus. I realized that God does not mind us asking Him anything (I certainly would not question His authority or right; “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” Is. 64:8). David always inquired of the Lord and He longs for us to talk with Him. He reminded me of His glory that surrounded me. I looked at the beauty of the valley, the majesty of the hills, the blueness of the sky and the deep green of the stream. God created this for us! Everything around us are tokens of God’s love. I remembered that He is in control and that someday the believer in Jesus Christ will have all of the answers to all of their questions.
As I search through the reading for today (Ps. 30, 31 and 32) I see verses such as; “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps. 30:5), “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness” (vs.11), “the LORD preserveth the faithful” (Ps.31:23) and, “Thou art my hiding place” (Ps.32). There are many more promises in the Bible for those who are grieving and it is only through reading God’s Word and trusting Him that we can imagine coping with the tragedies we face in life.
I am comforted knowing our friends are firm believers in Jesus and they believe His Word. Sure, it will be hard, but as Christians we realize there is no other hope. On Christ the Solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.