“Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
The last five days have been some of the hardest of my life as a parent. I have felt so many emotions – fear, relief, sadness, anger, elation, disappointment, and mostly love. Mostly love. Love trumps all of the other emotions.
At first, when fear was running the show, I had a hard time seeing God’s hand in what had happened. Fear is paralyzing, and it blinds us. Fear is sometimes understandable, but it is not from God. Fear is our enemy. Trust is the way to peace. Trusting that God has a plan even in the middle of circumstances that seem unimaginably hard, that is how we find peace in the middle of chaos. Knowing in our hearts that He loves us more than we can imagine, that is what I have been clinging to in the last few days.
And then there is the window after a crisis happens, a window where we can clearly see that God’s hand was there guiding us, shaping us, caring for us in ways that we don’t understand. God loves us so much that He forgives us and saves us even though we don’t deserve it.
Living under God’s Mercy is to live in His Grace, to feel and see that no matter what happens, we are His people and He is our Loving Father, Lord and Savior, and Guiding Spirit.
The last five days I have been aware in a painful but eye opening way that we are always living Under the Mercy of our Great God. Thank you God for your Mercy and Love. Thank you for protecting my family.
Psalm 71: 1-3
I run to you, Lord,
Don’t disappoint me.
2 You do what is right,
so come to my rescue.
Listen to my prayer
and keep me safe.
3 Be my mighty rock,
where I can always run
Save me by your command!
You are my mighty rock
and my fortress.