This week is not blissful.
The news of the death of two children in our church community, our pastor's possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens while saving lives during a roadway accident in Haiti, our friend's son, 2, continues declining with a mysterious undiagnosed illness, closing our business, and my mother's further mental and physical downfall and being admitted into a full-care nursing home.
At the top of the world one moment, and crashing down into suffering the next. (Fitting that the sermon series starting next week is about suffering.)
Last week juxtaposed with this week reminds me of our last day at the beach.
The surf was up, dude! And, the surfers were out, so fun to watch. Even my daughter, 6, caught a few on her boogie board. While son, 5, built castles to destroy on shore, Hubby was out in the thick of it as King Triton, body surfing, boogie boarding, and definitely in his element. We rocked and rolled in the awesome translucent azure crests.
Then princess got blasted by a big one and choked down some of the briny deep. Screech! The fun came to a crashing halt, and mom and child hurried to the umbrella for some dry towels and water. As quickly as the fun had begun, it was turned off with a light switch.
Life is like that, and I'm figuring out where God fits into all this. Smiling contentedly while lounging in a chair sipping diet coke with lemon at the beach club one minute, and fighting tears and screams the next with another bout of bad news.
And, through good times and bad, God is always there, always comforting, always holding us. The Casting Crowns song, "Love Them Like Jesus" gives me some direction. Here's an excerpt. My journey continues and I will keep you posted...