Bad News…More Bad News. Good News…More Good News

Bad News…

On Saturday, April 4, 2015 at around 9am, I received a call that no one wants to get. My uncle, George had just died while undergoing treatment in hospital. A sudden occurrence which, to me, was a shock.

On the same day, I had a wedding to attend and was expected to be happy while at it. How so seemingly unfair that life was still going on! It didn’t stop just because some people were grieving. By the grace of God, I made it through that wedding and was glad to get back home and release the tears that had been pushed so far back in an effort to suppress the pain that I had felt during the day.

The harsh reality of the fact began to sink in as funeral arrangements commenced. The days that followed were not easy. You see, this man was not just an uncle, he was Dad’s elder brother and best friend (aside from Mum), thus was very close to us. I don’t know why I was surprised when insomnia and loss of appetite hit me. But I’m grateful for a loving spouse because in hard times like these, a listening ear and shoulder to cry on are readily available.

More Bad News…

While we were still getting our bearing on what had occurred, the following Sunday, April 12, 2015, we received more negative news; which, although unrelated was enough to discourage somebody. I felt like I had been kicked to the curb and was beginning to despair. I was starting to live by sight, instead of by faith. What I saw and heard (outside God’s Word) was now affecting me. The discouragement I was facing came from looking horizontally (to men). I had let what someone said or thought and their expectation (or lack of it) of my husband and I influence me. I was becoming very weary.

Good News…

A prompt return to the mirror (God’s Word) has enabled me see clearly and in so doing, I have had to re-learn that things happen and we can’t understand why; but we can believe that God will work it out for the best. We can cling to Him in discouragement, depression, pain or sorrow, knowing that these things are for a reason and that He is strong enough to carry us through.

For the Believer, when life or stuff happens as it sometimes will, we need to understand that sometimes disappointment, discouragement, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. To a normal soul, disappointment, discouragement, defeat, and or despair is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it. If you’re facing one disappointment or another, be encouraged: …know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)

More Good News…

As we get a grip of our loss I’m reminded that we always need to be ready even as we sojourn on this earth. We don’t know when or how we will leave this earth but we too are on our way home – where will that be for you? For those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, they will go on to heaven and spend eternity with the Lord but those who die without the salvation of Jesus Christ will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might. We can make a life changing decision while we are still alive. Please take advantage of this opportunity and click here.

To everyone who is grieving at this time, here’s an encouragement: Our flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of our heart and our portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)

Finally: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

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4 responses to “Bad News…More Bad News. Good News…More Good News

  1. Dee, I am so sorry for your loss and pain; but through it all you are shining the Lord’s love, peace, comfort and joy for others who are hurting. You have encouraged me and I know many other lives will be touched. Thank you for sharing this difficult time.

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    • Thank you, Liana. I appreciate your kind words. ‘glad to be an encouragement to someone. Romans 12:15 comes to mind, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
      God bless you!

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  2. You are certainly right. In life there will be bad news and good news. Nevertheless, the best news remains. Jesus is always the same, yesterday, today and forever! Hallelujah!

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