Dear Reader and welcome to the Friday Blog. If you’re reading this on Friday morning, I’m currently flying back to the US from Amsterdam. I am scheduled to pick Jan up straight from campus since yesterday was his birthday, making this is his Birthday weekend and we are celebrating! I thought of us flying somewhere together but his class schedule didn’t permit it, so we decided to just have a chilled one at home, first catch a movie and then cook up a storm. I’ll even bake a cake like we used to every Sunday all those years ago in our idyllic life back in Belgium.
It’s our Angel Emma’s birthday too, she would have been 5 this year had she lived, that precious child. This is the first birthday of hers since my Father found me and wrapped His loving arms around me. I’m finally able to see that, these very hands that have brought me such comfort, I’m now able to see them wrapped around our precious Emma too. It’s lovely thinking of her in Christ, life-changing actually. I have grieved for far too long while in effect the mighty God has had her in His embrace this whole time! It’s no wonder we are told in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13 that “we do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” God has her in His loving arms for always, and the resurrection power of Christ will take care of the rest at the trumpet call. All we have to do is rest in that truth and keep growing in our knowledge of Christ. Everything is so much better with God #LifeSimplified
This year I watched the movie ‘The Shack’ on Netflix while in Amsterdam (it doesn’t stream in the US) and it has been a big help in allowing me to release my baby girl to the angels up above. In the movie, a little girl dies and we watch the family, the father especially, going through the motions of grieving, blaming himself, and eventually forgiving others and himself. At one point, God allows him to see his daughter up in heaven playing with other children in a field of lilies. This was the most beautiful image I’ve ever seen and I have no doubt our lovely Emma is right up there along with all those precious children that went before their time, playing in the fields of lilies and running around heaven.
I cried like a baby the first two times I watched this movie this summer. Little did I know, God was healing my heart. As I was crying out the hurt, pain, loss, the emptiness that seemed to stretch for eternity, God was collecting these tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8), to beautify the garden of lilies, I imagine. Emma will always have a place in our hearts especially since she shares a birthday with Jan since his eighteenth birthday. Each year that we celebrate Jan, we celebrate her too. Everything is so much better with God! The grave has lost its victory and death really has lost its sting; all glory be to God our loving Father who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55). For any of you that have lost a loved one, I pray that the God of all comfort gives you comfort, Amen.
Well, this will be a short one as it’s late Thursday night and I need to get to bed if I’m to be fit-to-fly tomorrow. As my Jan turns 23, help me celebrate his life. Please pray with me for favor over his life, that everything he does be blessed, that he may be the head and never the tail, that God may enlarge his territory, that he may be victorious in every way, that god may direct his paths, that he may know the peace that surpasses all understanding, that the joy of the Lord may be his strength, that he may trust in the Lord always, that God may bless the work of his hands, that he may continue to grow in wisdom and stature, that goodness and mercy may follow him all the days of his life, that he may continually walk in God’s ways, and that he may dwell on the house of the Lord forever and ever, Amen!