I know the impending Mother's day this coming weekend is what is causing me to just want to be done. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to get through it without the pain I know will come. I still have beautiful children to celebrate with and I am so grateful for them and love them deeply. But I know that the loss of my first born, my flesh, my son that I celebrated 20 years with, will bring unavoidable pain and tears. My tears are already falling. Every time I read that sentence they fall harder. This is my reality, this is my truth.
Even though this pain is my reality and some days it is about the practice of just "getting through".... I know that His promises are true and I will be on the other side of this grief in God's timing. His promises are what is caring me through.
..for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6b
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. 33:27a
I [God] have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee. 2 Kings 20:5b
The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving towards all he has made. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Psa.145:17-19
He [God] heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.Psa.147:3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psa. 46:1
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
Yes, I want to be done.....but, I am trusting God for His timing because I have complete faith that if I do this then I will come out of this pain stronger and with a deeper sense of joy that only God could put in my heart. And, I do this because if I do not grab everything out of this that God wants for me, then it will not have been worth the pain of Ryan's death and his death will have been in vain. I want Ryan dancing in heaven next to Jesus as he watches his mom draw nearer to God through her pain.
Oh, that no one would waste this opportunity my son's death has brought as it has brought the reality of Christ into our lives, front and center.