Last week was a crazy one for the Clem’s. Tyler’s uncle passed away, so we had his visitation and funeral over the weekend. On top of that, Tyler was in the wedding of one of his best friend’s from high school. So we went straight from funeral happenings to celebrating a new union in Christ through marriage. Tyler’s cousin’s 9-year-old daughter said it best: ”Weddings and funerals are such opposite occasions!” (She’s basically a grown up in a 9-year-old’s body). Not to mention, we were asked many times over about our new baby… our sweet, little boy we will welcome into this world in May. So, his life and birth were on my mind, as well. Three very different, emotional occasions have been bombarding my thoughts.
The birth of a child is one of the most joyous events I’ve experienced on this earth. The freshness of life. The hope. The beauty of the Lord literally forming every bit of this tiny human — his physical body, his personality, everything about our precious peanut. God breathes every single breath into us. Amazing.
The wedding we attended was beautiful. These two people from different backgrounds came together before the Lord and us. They chose a life together. They both love the Lord, and that was apparent throughout all the wedding festivities. Their union refreshed and reminded both Tyler and I of our vows we took three and a half years ago. Their wedding also reminded me of the church being the bride of Christ… we will have our union with the Father for all eternity in that great Wedding Day. It will be a day of great celebration when He sends Jesus to gather all of His people! What a day of REJOICING that will be.
And then death. Death is so final. I thought about that as we viewed the body last weekend. There’s no coming back, and when it’s so sudden, it’s hard to grasp that fact. There’s no more making wrongs right. No more chances to be kind or serve or live your life for Jesus. You’re gone, and you cannot come back. This was a reminder that our time here is limited. God has numbered each of our days, so what are we going to do with that time? Of course, if you know Him as your Savior, there’s no fear in death — great rejoicing, in fact! But for those who don’t know Him, there’s no comfort in the loss of their life. I had several thoughts throughout the funeral… some questions were raised in my mind such as, “What am I doing to share Christ with others? Am I bearing fruit, so that no one can even question whether or not I’m a believer? Am I living like a truly DEVOTED follower of Christ? Am I making the time count?”
All throughout this life we deal with many different emotions. Life is a roller coaster, and I was reminded of that this week. So, where do you find stability? Do you ride on the waves of circumstances and emotions or do you find stability somewhere? As much as people search, there’s only ONE source of stability in this life… Jesus Christ is our stability. He stays the same yesterday, today, and forever. His promises are always there. He is faithful. His love is steadfast. If we rely on other people or our circumstances to provide stability, we will be let down. We will fall on our faces. But if Christ is our stability, we will have a firm foundation. The winds and the storms of life may roar and threaten to rip us to shreds, but I’m telling you, you will stand firm.
As I’ve dealt with all of these emotions this week, the Lord has brought some beautiful verses I want to share with you ladies. May God be your stability, your solid rock. May you not ride on waves of emotions but find your strength in Him instead.
“He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Psalm 62:2
“When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:58