“Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God.”
O Lord, I cry to you for help; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
(a lone lily finds its way though to the “other side” of a worn fence /
Mackinac Island, MI / Julie Cook / 2017)
Turn to me and have pity on me, for I am left alone and in misery.
The sorrows of my heart have increased; bring me out of my troubles.
Look upon my adversity and misery and forgive me all my sin.
Anyone ever having had some sort of procedure or surgery has undoubtedly
heard that old wives tale, based either on conjecture or fact,
that the third day is always the hardest, the worst
or the day that frustratingly sees one falling backwards in the process
mending and healing….
This as we yearn to simply get to the other side—
To the other side of feeling better…
to the other side of upward
to the other side of recovered energy…
to that other side of both a positive sense and assured knowledge
that it’s all going to be okay.
I feel the same holds true for the healing of the heart.
Those sweeping emotions resulting from traumatic loss, which wash over
our best efforts of moving forward, which always seem harder and worse
on the third day.
The brave busy front begins to crack as the dam to the heart
no longer is able to hold back the deluge of sorrow.
All usually at about day 3
It is this cycle of our lives that is sometimes joyous
and sometimes sorrowful…
It is merely a byproduct to this thing we call life.
Yet no matter the cycle…God knows…
He knows the joy and the sorrow.
The pain and the suffering.
The triumph and the frustration.
Be it in our joy of gladness or most
especially in our loneliness of sorrow…
He is near.
For it is in the darkness of our heaviness that
He draws even ever closer…
offering the single thread of hope…
For despite our feelings or those doubtful voices which scream to us
of the ‘otherwise’…
voices telling us that He is actually the furtherest away while we are
reeling in misery.
Or even worse…
that He is simply non-existent…
We know to the contrary…
that He is not only near—
He is actually exceedingly close…
His breath becoming our own.
A palpable sense of so much more and of that which is so much greater…
Coming from Himself to be by our side…
In that moment with each of us, carrying us from
sorrow and pain, to the other side of Healing and Grace…
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that he was buried,
that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-5