The Land of “What Is”
Read PSALM 46:1–7
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. —1 THESSALONIANS 4:13
Even all these years after losing our seventeen-year-old daughter Melissa in a car accident on June 6, 2002, I sometimes find myself entering the world of “What If.” It’s easy, in grief, to reimagine the events of that tragic spring evening and think of factors that—if rearranged—would have had Mell arriving safely home.
In reality, though, the land of “What If” is not a good place to be. It is a place of regret, second-guessing, and hopelessness. While the grief is real, life is better and God is honored if we dwell in the world of “What Is.” In that world, we can find hope, encouragement, and comfort. We have the sure hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13) —the assurance—that because Melissa loved Jesus she is in a place that is “better by far” (Philippians 1:23) . We have the helpful presence of the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) . We have God’s “ever- present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1) . And we have the encouragement of fellow believers.
When we face hard times, our greatest help comes from trusting God, our hope in the land of “What Is.” -Dave
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