Loss hurts. Whether it’s the loss of a beloved pet, an unborn child, a parent or a best friend, the resulting emptiness is hard…often overwhelming. We think of special moments from the past and grieve that, except in our memories, they will never be repeated. And our plans for new adventures with that special someone, we gently fold and place in the recesses of our hearts, quiet storage spaces where we hide unrealized dreams.

We cry tears of sadness, but also tears of anger, pounding our pillows and asking, “Why?” We want an explanation, an understanding that will make our loss easier to bear. But an intellectual grasp will do little for a broken heart, acting more like a bandage that won’t stick on one side, leaving our wound uncovered, the protective wrap flapping uselessly.

If God gave an explanation, would it really suffice? Chances are, we wouldn’t hear it above our sobs and our flood of consuming emotions. And if we did hear it, it’s doubtful we would understand.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

Our only solace comes from trusting God, a matter of faith, not understanding. He has proven time and again that He is trustworthy and good.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

Rest in Jesus, the Man of sorrows who suffered more loss than we can imagine by carrying our sin and our pain to the cross. He knows. He understands. And He alone can comfort.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

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