Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Life is so hard sometimes!

This post is so hard to write.  It will probably be pretty short and right to the point.  Yesterday a young man we know fell into the river.  He never resurfaced.  Things like this happen all the time.  But to us its just a picture on the screen or a story the local news is covering.  Never has it been someone we know.

Jake has a beautiful wife and three children.  The youngest is just about a month old.  I have so many thoughts and words running through my head.  We can never grasp why God decides its time.  Jake loves the Lord and serves Him with his whole life.  He is one of these men who has genuine faith.  What he says is how he lives. 

The last time I spoke with his wife she wanted us to come visit.  They wanted to share their ministry with us.  We never made it up there.  Oh how my heart breaks for his wife, his parents, his in-laws and those he ministered to .  I pray for a miracle. 

Would you please join me in prayer for this family?  I see the words his Mom puts on Facebook and my heart breaks for her.  I pray for peace and comfort for them during this time. 

This has caused me to step back and really take a good look at my life.  Am I living a life that God wants me to live?  Where am I spending my time?  Lord, please clear my mind and heart on the concerns the world uses to trap me.  Turn my mind to You!  I need to pattern my life after Christ.  God uses everything for His glory!  I wish there was more I could do for Jake's family.  Right now prayer is what they need most.

The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.  Fight the struggles in life on your knees.


Kristina said...

I am so sorry, and yes will keep him and his family in prayer.

Sandra said...

Heartbreaking Jen :( We really never do know when it is our time.

You know my feelings about stepping away from certain things and one of the biggest reasons for doing it was the fact that I felt pushed by God to do so, and the fact that I felt I wasn't living for His glory, but for the world, which is just not me.

Hope you find comfort in whatever you decide to do :)

Christine said...

I am so sorry that tragedy has touched so close to home. I will pray for this family. I can't imagine what his wife is going through with a one-month-old baby and the exhaustion that comes with that.

Oh, Lord, what a situation you have put this family in.

I know the Lord would not do this unless he has a glorious plan and part of that is holding them up, and using their story to reach so many others. They will go through depths of great pain for the good of others, and I hope through all the sacrifice their hearts will remain fixed on Him. I will remember to pray, knowing that the mother with the baby desperately needs our prayers,as well as the other children and extended family, who will be exhausted with helping and dealing with their own grief. (Does the extended family live close?) Thank you for sharing this! Bless you, Jen.