So this week has been pretty heavy for my family and me. My Pop-pop (my grandfather on my dad’s side) has been sick for quite some time now, but this past week he passed away.
Thankfully, I can speak with hope, because in the last few months of his life when his mobility was limited, my Pop-pop spent time online searching for truth, and he found it in the Word of God and the gospel message.
“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 (NIV)
I can have hope in God’s promises to grant eternal life in His presence to those who place their faith in Him and ask His Spirit to take up residence inside them. Even still, mourning is an appropriate and often inevitable part of losing someone in this life, and through it all, I want to keep my eyes fixed on my Rock, the Lord God.
~weird transition but just go with it because it will all make sense in the end~
My mom and I went on an adventure to a sunflower field today, and God reminded me of a fun fact about sunflowers, they will turn their heads to follow the sun throughout the day (at least until their heads get too heavy as they grow, then they always face east).
When God prompted me to remember this He was showing me that that’s what I had been doing in an unintentional, lukewarm way through the chaos of this week. I should have been pouring all my energy into fixing my eyes on the S O N (get it, sun~Son). He showed me that though there might be storm clouds on the horizon, or even berating me with rain from above, I know who my God is, I know what He’s about, and I can keep my soul locked in on Him through the storms of life by the power of His Spirit in me.
Like sunflowers, we have to intentionally be on the move, exercising our “spiritual concentration” (a term I learned in the Bible study Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby that basically means focusing your heart, mind, and soul). We can’t go through life and expect our easily distracted eyes that flit about from one thing to the next to serve us well. Like God says to Martha in Luke 10:38-42, there is only one thing that matters so there’s only one thing we should be focusing on!
So as we all walk through our lives this week, whether on a hill or in a valley, look up. Look up and see the Son of God who died for you, and fix your eyes on Him for eternity.