I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
(by Casting Crowns)
The first time I heard this song, I started crying. It came to mind again as I have been digesting the news of the death of five brothers and sisters at Taylor.
I haven’t been able to concentrate much today. It seems so trivial to be worrying about ads when there are grieving people out there. I have spent much time browsing blogs of Taylor students, looking to know WHO these people were. I wanted to hear from people who knew them individually, to hear their stories, to know their legacy. One person wrote that she was there when the boyfriend of one of the deceased found out… and how he sunk to the ground in sobs. That shakes me up. Those are the words I would never want to hear.
I told Paul today that if I wasn’t a Christian, I would feel so hopeless right now. I know that God has a plan for each of us, and He chooses the exact day that we are going to die. Whether it’s expected or unexpected, when we’re old or when we’re young. He doesn’t take anyone for the heck of it. He knows that in the grand scheme of things, His plan will be better fulfilled if this person is taken Home. How can I argue with that? It doesn’t help with the hurt, but it is somewhat comforting to know that God takes someone away from this world because He knows that better things will come out of his or her death. And I can trust that an infinitely wise God knows better than me why things should be a certain way.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7