Words of Hope and Faith for the Weary

God Please Don’t Take That Away

God Please Don’t Take That Away
A couple of days ago, arriving at one of my meetings, I found one of my associates in tears; her sniffles could be heard throughout the meeting room, so I knew something was wrong. On cue, as always, I walked over and asked, “what’s wrong Natalie?” I took a seat in the chair next to her. Her Blue eyes, their whites streaked in red, were of puffy, it looked as if she were crying all night. I took a seat next to her. This would take more than a few minutes to hear her story, and standing near her would only make the situation more awkward when she bounced out of her chair to hug me. Natalie a warm beautiful person, will do anything for anybody, but her emotional outbursts are always tittering at the surface. They are ready at any moment to expose themselves to the unprepared victim, immersing them in her wretchedness while pulling them down into her web of despair.
“It’s my mom Z, I don’t know what to do,” she cried, tears rolling down her face. Some already dried flaked off her cheeks like dried salt, and fresh ones, from this new bout of crying ran into her face; she licked them off her lip glossy pink lips. Her mood projecting sorrow upon sorrow, I was used to this routine and understood how to calm her.
OK now, the only thing to say was, “Natalie, go to the hospital to see your mom, we all love you and will be fine without you.” Her emotions were out of control now, and she would spend the entire meeting needing comfort from all of us. Her dripping tears slowly drying upon face, wiping her eyes swiftly with of the back of her hand, she smeared her dark eye liner making her eyes look dark as well as puffy. Knowing that she had suckered me into providing an excuse for her non-attendance, she agreed with me, and mournfully set out to convince the others that I was right. Shortly she left for the hospital.
A woman in her early nineties, Natalie’s mother has many health problems. The past few years, she lives on a drawer of medication, and over the previous month she has spent more time in the hospital than at home. A wonderful woman, no one likes to see her such a condition, and we all know, including Natalie, that her time is limited; she has already expressed her desire to go and be with the Lord. But still, similar to us all, there something within Natalie that just cannot accept losing her mother. I know, I recently lost mine and although part of me, like Natalie, knew they had lived their life to their fullest, and was “tired,” we were not ready to let them go.
How true it is, when we are not ready to give up something, we cry out prayers to Heaven asking God for the life of a dying loved one; begging God to help us keep a job we are on the verge of losing, our fault or not; or praying for someone that is leaving us, to stay; among other things. First of all, let me be clear, I do believe that God heals bodies, restores marriages, and works on our behalf to help keep us employed while also answering so many other prayers with His wonderful blessings. However, what about the times when we don’t get our prayers answered; we stay sick, we lose our loved ones, we have to search for new employment. These examples are considered the top stressors in a person’s life, according to “Health Status.” These factors leave some depressed, causing them to take psychologically dulling pills, others suicidal, making them kill themselves, and still others wander around feeling hopeless inside, looking for others like themselves willing to do anything to fit in.
Previously, when experiencing change, it always felt like losing what I was fearful to give up, would be to my detriment, and life would never be pleasant again. I will tell you, having gone through all of the top stressors at one time or another, I have prayed many prayers, only to have some of them seemingly land on deaf ears. Was God not listening, or was I not praying hard enough? As I grow in God, I understood it was neither, I will not go into that at this time (check Andrew Wommack), but I want you to know that with God, change of every magnitude is getting easier for me. I get up the next day, put on my clothing, step out, and face my new future with an air of anticipation, no longer frowning hopelessly.
As he does for me, the Holy Spirit wants you to know, he will develop within you a knowledge and understanding so that you too can realize it is alright to lose, when He is with you. Some changes, with little warning, will ignite, removing useless hindrances, people, and other things out of the way that are keeping His precious promises from you. God will allow you to accept the changes, giving you wisdom and understanding as to why the loss is beneficial for your betterment. At the same time, he will reveal to you, the attacks of the god of this world, satan, showing you how to stand diligently against him to keep what is yours.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
On another note, I am not hardened to death. Although my loved ones will never be forgotten, through the grace of God and the peace of the Holy Spirit, I have learned to accept their deaths. In fact, the passing of my mother has given me a deeper emotional understanding that I had never had prior to her death allowing me to better portray sentiments in my writing. I give God the glory. Life will go on, and how it goes for me and you depend upon how we allow God to help us through it.
I chose to allow it impact me. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NKJV) 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
God Please Don’t Take That Away