O death, where is your sting? Humanly speaking we can all relate to the ache we feel when someone we love passes away. There is a sting. It is a pain that swells, rolls in, and then comes back in waves.
My Experience with Death
Five months ago I was surprised to learn I was expecting a baby, and four months ago my baby was taken to Heaven. The pain of that loss was excruciating. My miscarriage took my world and flipped it upside down.
Since then, I’ve found it difficult to look at newborn babies without a lump rising up in my throat, then comes a burn that only tears will extinguish. Part of me wonders if that will ever go away.
There are random things that will trigger my grief. While pregnant with each of my children I craved certain foods. With my son, I had a desire to eat sandwiches day in and day out. With my daughter, I craved pastrami sandwiches, I had to have them. Wouldn’t you know it, my son is a sandwich aficionado and my daughter is a pastrami lover. When I was pregnant with my baby, I craved root beer. I had to drink it at every meal. Now the thought of root beer brings heartache. It is little things like that that cause me to spiral into sadness.
I’ve gotten pretty good at internalizing my grief instead of sharing it with the outside world. I shrug away my heartbreak and keep it to myself because honestly, not many want to hear about it. Talking about it is painful to the listener. It can be uncomfortable for them and I get that. It is expected that I should move forward. After all, life goes on.
We Have Victory Over Death
Jesus has been my shoulder to cry on.
He has been my listening ear.
He has been my strength.
Jesus has been my comfort when the pain has been too much to bear. I’ve found solace in His word and in His promise that I will see my baby again one day.
“For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then when our dying bodies
have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?””
1 Corinthians 15:53-55 NLT
That which is corruptible will be made into something incorruptible. As we continue living here on this earth the sting of death is all too real but we have an awesome truth to look forward to. Our King is compassionate and loving. He collects all of our tears and He gives us a promise with hope and eternal weight.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Revelation 21:4 NLT
That soothes my soul.
If we can set our minds on things above it helps with the healing. For we aren’t really saying goodbye, instead it’s see you later.
Today on Salt & Light I’m featuring a post by Maree Dee from Embracing the Unexpected called “He Knows Your Pain”. She discusses the compassion our Lord has for us when we grieve and it serves as such a reminder of His love and grace.