Sometimes, we lose things.
This past weekend has been challenging for me. I dropped my phone for the umpteenth time. Unfortunately, I cracked my internal screen, and the black screen of death stared back at me. I lost pictures, notes, and other odds and ends stored on that phone.
My wedding ring broke. The band came apart. This is likely from excessive hand sanitizer use in my daily job. I have lost the familiarity of having my ring on my finger until it is fixed.
We lost our freedom temporarily the other day when our Jeep stranded us miles from home. We were at the mercy of others to come rescue us.
Over the past several years, I have lost the ability to eat whatever I choose due to chronic stomach issues and an autoimmune disease.
Yet, sometimes, the things we lose aren’t tangible things we can touch.
What do we do when the things we lose are intangible? When we can’t touch them or easily replace them?
Things like patience, hope, peace…
I have been reading the book of Joshua. In chapter 7, Joshua and his people are defeated. Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the ground. He cries out to the Lord…why have You brought us here to destroy us?
God had called them out of their comfort, but He had also just brought them victory over the battle of Jericho. Oh, how easily we forget God’s miracles and blessings in our life when things seem hopeless.
How did God respond to Joshua?
Joshua chapter 7:10… So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie on your face?”
The chapter goes on to talk about holding people accountable…they have a second chance at the battle…they win and all praise is to God.
How many times have we felt defeated? Hopeless? Exhausted?
The story doesn’t have to end there.
In loss, there is much to gain. Jesus gave up His life so that we may live and live more abundantly.
God is the God of all our days…the good ones, the bad ones, and the really hard ones.
Sometimes, the greatest blessings are found in the times of loss. Sometimes, we have to die to self-our pride, fears, self reliance- in order to discover the blessings of all He has in store for us. Not all is lost.
May He be the God of all your days.