I wrote a Daily Devotion on Monday that described the grief I experienced with the loss of my grandfather, C.M. Brown. That’s him below.You also see a photo to the left of me with my grandpa when I was turning 11 years old. (My dad is in the right corner of the photo). That devotion seemed to strike a chord and resonated with many. I received several emails indicating as such. And let me tell you…when you get 7 or 8 emails on a topic, you know you hit something solid…because the politicians will tell you…for every email or phone call they get it actually could represent the sentiments of hundreds (and in their case…thousands).
I’m glad my feeble attempt to describe my battle with grief seemed to help. I will share it below and hope it might do the same here.
Did you know the Lord stores our tears in a bottle?
Yes, it’s true! The Bible teaches that the Lord stores every one of our tears in a bottle and records each one of them. See it…
You have kept count of my tossing; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?
Now tell me if that’s not amazing to you! It’s certainly amazing to me! Can you fathom the fact that God has chronicled each and every tear you’ve ever cried. That’s beyond what the mind can comprehend. How does He do that? Don’t ask me! I can’t fathom how the Lord said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Therefore, keeping our tears chronicled in a bottle is not a problem for Him.
Have you every tried to think about how many tears you’ve cried? When was the time you cried the most? Was it a death? Was it a break-up? When was it? How did it happen? Were you a Christian at the time or were you lost? Think about that season of time in your life.
I’m thinking of when my grandfather died when I was 17 years old. I honestly didn’t think I could get past it. At that time in my life I had never experienced such grief and pain. It was crippling. My grandfather played such a huge role in shaping my life. He impacted me in almost every way imaginable as a young man. When he died I was angry, frustrated and quite honestly very disillusioned that God didn’t heal him. He was only 66 years old and I prayed for all I was worth that the Lord will bring him back from the cancer that was ravaging his body. But, God (in His providence) chose to take him home to heaven.
To say that I cried would be an understatement. I cried until I had no tears left. You know what that’s like don’t you. We all do. And the truth is…I’ve never lost a child or a spouse and I acknowledge in my heart and mind that would have to be worse to a degree that I’m certain I can’t comprehend. Yet, some of you reading this know what that’s like. You’ve lost your spouse or a child. The grief and pain almost took you under and held you down like being drowned in the ocean. Gasping for air…gasping for life…and when you think you can’t even survive to take the next breath…the Lord comes and delivers you to the next moment. The next minute… The next hour and finally… a day passes… a week passes… a month and then it’s a year.
The hurt and the pain never goes away…it comes back at times with such a vengeance that you’re left dumbfounded because you thought “I’m beyond this.” It even happens months later or even years. It’s a smell… It’s a flash of a memory… It’s a place on the highway or a season (Christmas) and it all comes rushing back and you cry and you hurt and you… Well…you know what you do, because it’s your life. You’ve lived it. And in all those terrible times…the Lord is there chronicling your tears. He knows. He feels the pain with you.
Never forget the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). And when Jesus cried at the tomb of Lazarus, the Father in heaven chronicled those tears as well. Jesus knows… God knows… and I’m comforted by that! I’m comforted that He knows my pain…your pain…our pain. And one day…He’ll wipe away ever tear. There will be no more mourning and no more crying. Hallelujah!
What will the Lord do with those bottles of tears? I have no idea. That will be something that we’ll learn together. Just know that in the meantime, God gave you those tear ducts to be used to bring comfort while we’re here and not a single one of them are wasted because they’re in God’s bottles.
Did you hear about the school system in Florida that sent home notes to the parents asking permission for their children to be able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Yep. As dumb as that sounds…it’s happening right here in the good old U-S of A! Amazing. Here’s the note:
Hey folks…if you are offended to have to recite the pledge of allegiance…you might consider moving to another country. True? I mean, come on people! Have we lost our ever-loving minds? I literally just shake my head.
I guess nothing should surprise me anymore. We have seen so many abhorrent behaviors normalized now in this country. Gay marriage has been normalized by the media, entertainment, music, TV, colleges and universities and our politicians. Even our so-called “Christian athletes” are drinking in the anti-biblical messages of our day. Russell Wilson, (according to himself: a devout Catholic) is quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, (who said several months ago that he would not have sex with his girlfriend until they were married), was just married. Many don’t realize this is his second wife. Ashton Meem, was Wilson’s wife of two years until 2104 when he divorced her. He is now married again. This time to pop star Ciara Harris. Here’s the wedding photo.
Where is that? Not in NC…where he originally planned to have the wedding…but, in Europe at a medieval castle outside of Liverpool, England. Why? He was embarrassed by the HB2 bill.
Oh Come on Russell! That seems a bit hypocritical to me Which Biblical passages are you going to adhere to sir? Will it be just the ones that suit you or the ones that aren’t politically correct? It’s almost crazy that he would take a stand not to have heterosexual sex with his girlfriend, Ciara (as was reported on numerous occasions, until they were married) but is okay with men coming into women’s bathrooms. Maybe he’s okay showering with women in the Seahawks locker room…but I wouldn’t be and I doubt his new wife will be either.
Here’s my point: we’ve seen the “normalization” of almost every type of aberrant behavior in this country. Anything goes. Do what you want! It’s all about FEELINGS! And this kind of deviancy is blasted in our faces on TV and in the news and in our schools and universities, on social media and the like…non-stop…24/7. There is simply no escaping it. And it’s engrained n our society now. And what is more… If you don’t bow down to the “sex gods” of our day, you’re on the wrong side of history. I’ve been told that so many times over the last year that I need to: “move on” when it comes to gay marriage and transgendered rights and people baking cakes and t-shirts and taking pictures… (forcibly against their consciences)… that I can’t keep up with it all.
Well folks…I’m not MOVING ON…because I can’t. I can’t teach and preach God’s Word for a living and say that these “normalized” lifestyles are “right” and biblical any more than a 2nd grade math teacher can teach 1 +1 = 3. It’s wrong! Period. And these kinds of lifestyles have been for thousands of years in every society on earth…from the tribes of Africa to the plains of the American west to everywhere in between until the last 25-30 years. Even Obama and Clinton both said “same-sex” marriage was wrong, until just a few years ago.
Folks, somebody has to teach the truth! Somebody has to hold up the Word of God as the authority for life. Somebody has to say, “Every man doing what is right in his own eyes” will lead to sufferable consequences. So, will you stand or will you wilt?
You know, even so-called Christian sites that send me emails are wilting. They are falling in line with the mantra of today to accept all of this politically correct stuff and they are nothing more than like the proverbial sheep being led to the slaughter. Don’t fall for it folks. Be encouraged.
Be encouraged there are still vestiges of good. Did you hear about the ruling out of Texas yesterday?
I’m grateful for the judge, Reed O’Connor (appointed by George W. Bush…that ought to tell you something… because it would have been a different story with an Obama appointee)…
He stood on principle versus political correctness. But, again…you know where this is going don’t you? Yep…Supreme Court. The court that’s split 4-4 with a vacant seat. Again…that’s why November is so important.
So stand good people…stand in love and stand in compassion…but stand. And don’t ever forget…what people need is Jesus. They need Jesus. Not a pat on the head to continue to live a lifestyle that the Bible teaches as sin. People need Jesus. Let’s never forget that.