“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
The above quote is often used to refer to beautiful experiences; those moments that make life worth living… a stunning sunset, the birth of a precious baby, falling head over heels in love.
We hold onto each incredible second, wishing time would stand still just this once.
But just as those sacred moments so quickly pass us by, others stop us dead in our tracks.
A simple phrase, “There’s been an accident,” “it’s cancer,” “incompatible with life,”
Those words can never be taken back.
They cause our hearts to pound and our minds become hazy as we literally
gasp. for. breath.
Those earth-shattering words place an in-erasable mark on our life’s time line. There is no longer “life as usual” but life before and after the “news.”
After hearing the diagnosis that my unborn daughter would most likely not survive my pregnancy, I felt the impact of one of those moments. It was like a bomb exploding on my very being. Little frustrations no longer mattered as my entire existence became consumed with the unknown future of my baby girl.
And I wept. I prayed. I questioned.
When there was absolutely no one else to turn to, no solution to be had; I sat powerless at the feet of the only One who had any control of the situation; the only One who could speak silently to my heart, and whose whisper gave me unexplainable peace.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 emphasis added (NIV 2011)
Sometimes you may not understand it, others may not understand it, but His sweet grace and warm comfort will find you wherever you are.
The afterlife of shocking news often molds and changes us in a greater way than even the happiest of moments. If we allow Him to work, these experiences will not break us, but will bring us to a new level of intimacy with our Savior.
If you haven’t been there yet, have been there many times, or are fresh in the middle of the “news,” remember that He is willing and He is able.
Let Him have it.
Whatever your “news” has been, I would be honored to lift you up in prayer.
A sister in Christ,
Lily (A Lil Story)