CELEBRATE This Week: LXX
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It’s the ugly mess of life. The kind of mess that jars you and makes you wonder when you’re going to wake up and go back to the way things are supposed to go. It’s the kind of mess that you’re not sure will ever be okay, even if you do keep saying, It’s going to be okay; It’s going to be okay.
We’ve lost our 17 year old nephew to suicide. The day after his memorial service, his dad (Andy’s step-brother) died of a heart attack. Two unexpected funerals within ten days is an ugly mess.
We have this remarkable family that we love so much, Andy’s step-mom and sister, teenage nephews and a niece. Their sorrow is overwhelming and there’s not one thing anyone can do to make it okay.
Jen Hatmaker said, “Sorrow is a tricky bedfellow with a God who is good.”
Isn’t that the truth?
I’m sitting here with chin resting in my hands, staring at the screen, wondering if I can just end this post with Isn’t that the truth?
So here it is, so raw that it’s coming straight from my heart, down my arms, and out my fingers. It’s bypassing thinking too much, rather simply coming from my core.
Sometimes life gets ugly, but that doesn’t mean God is ugly. Sometimes life hands you a mess, but that doesn’t mean God is a mess. Sometimes life takes a turn for the worse, filling your whole being with sadness, but that doesn’t mean God is worthless.
God is good. This is faith — believing God is good in the thick of an ugly mess. It’s trusting there is more than the ugliness of this world. We can see it when we look:
The tight hug.
The offered job.
The small text.
The tears shed.
The sun shining.
The breathing in.
The beating heart.
God is good.