There is a list that is put out every so often that list the top ten
stresses in life. Some of the stressors change over the years… the
current list now has Jail term listed. Imagine that? Back in the 90s
Jail term was not even on the list, instead I remember ‘moving’ to be
among the top 10. I remember the list from then because my mother
pointed out to me that I had experienced 5 of the top 10 all in one
year…Pregnancy, marital separation, divorce, moving and change in
financial state. How did I survive? I think back and all I know is
that I had to keep going. I had no choice. Well maybe I did. I
suppose I chose to keep going.
For a period of several years beginning in 2004 I once again
experienced several of the top 10. Add to the current list, Moving, 3 times since that year. And guess what getting ready to do it again! Well I am only kind of stressed cuz fortunately that is the only one on the list I am currently experiencing – Thank the Lord from the bottom of my heart…..
Death of spouse
Jail term or death of close family member
Personal injury or illness
Loss of job due to termination
Marital reconciliation or retirement
Change in financial state
Loss is inevitable in our lives. From the time we are born till death we suffer loss on a myriad of levels. I believe it is the very thing that God uses to draw us to Him or prove us, to prove our character. Are we destroyed because of loss or do we become more hopeful? I am sure it would depend on where one’s faith is placed as to the answer to that particular question for each individual. At times I have felt as if I would perish from a loss. Devastated would be a better description. I look back and think how did I come to acceptance of these losses? How do I continue to move forward while forever feeling the stab of pang every time a fresh memory crosses my mind? It really boggles my mind at times. I will be going along minding my own business when all of a sudden from out of left field comes the same emotions and sensations I had the very moment the world turned upside down. And my world has turned quite a few times.
This one thought has been going through my mind for weeks now, how are we to view the future if loss is constant? How do you answer why? What should one look forward to? As a Christian we have the hope of heaven, where there will be no more sickness, no more death or tears. I have been at a loss to answer these questions for myself let alone others. Personally most of my answers come from God’s Word. But I have to admit that there are times when even those words do not seem to give adequate comfort to others who are not as close to the Lord. I have been to several funerals this year and like most who experience a loss of a dear friend or loved one the questions come. It certainly makes you take inventory of your own life when faced with bodily death. And I have been doing that for sure…
In thinking about the losses we experience I realized there are two types of losses that we can never regain. Our innocence and our life. Everything else is, what I would consider, re-attainable, repairable or replaceable to some extent. Job, of the bible, is the perfect example to the list below….But the last two, innocence and death, once experienced can never be altered or changed.
You know both God and His Son experienced loss. Loss of fellowship with Adam and Even in the garden, ironically, He had created them for that very reason. But as with all things, don’t you know, God knew what the future held for He and his creatures. God experienced the death of His Son. The moment Jesus bore all our sins His Father had to turn away. And in that same moment Jesus experienced loss. Throughout the Bible, men and women became the examples to us of the human experience of loss. We can not escape it. We will all suffer loss.
Looking again at the list above why do you suppose the last two are not re-attainable, repairable or replaceable? Can I tell you?
Because of all the things on the list those are the two that are associated with the forbidden fruit, disobedience, sin. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:16-17 KJV
The Lord knew that once they ate of this fruit their eyes would be open to good and evil…their innocence would be lost forever. And from disobedience sin and death would enter into the world forever. They would not be able to escape death nor would they be able to take back what they had done. In my humble opinion knowledge of a thing holds you accountable for it, if you deny it then you become a liar.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was
walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the
LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
Genesis 3:8-10 KJV
"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:19 KJV
As ominous as forever sounds, the story does not end there, Thank God from the bottom of my heart for that. For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He had a new forever plan, one that redeemed…re-attained, repaired and replaced the sin that every man and woman is born into. Close your eyes and try to imagine you are a bystander in heaven watching the Lord. Now you see Him writing in a book and and His eyes are glimmering with anticipation of all those who will join Him soon. Now you see Him hold out His arms to those who have already gone before. And as He wraps His arms around each one arriving in one single instant His eyes
close with satisfaction. Do the arriving show signs of fear? Do they hesitate? Do they
question who it is greeting them? Instantly their eyes shoot wide
open with what can only be described as awe and wonder, something they
had only hoped of but had not known before. They can not
deny who they are standing before nor can they deny what they are suddenly now
very aware of, Glory. Truth, the Living Word. Life, Eternal. Forever.
just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so
also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that
brings life for all men. For
just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made
sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be
The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so
that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through
righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:18-21 NIV
And this is why we can accept loss and move forward because, as born again believers we have a hope, hope of heaven, hope of eternal life. No more loss, Forever!
Grace to you all