God Knows Your Frustrations
“You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears.” ( Psalm 56:6 Good News)
RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – Kris’ granddad, Mr. Hurst, had a major influence on Connor in his early years. Mr. Hurst had his masters in education, and was a retired school principal. He loved to teach, and Connor loved to learn. From the time he was in diapers, they would spend hours together. I am sure one reason Connor has such an inquisitive mind, is the prodding and teaching of Mr. Hurst.
When Connor was around 8 years old, Mr. Hurst who was in his early 80’s, lost his battle with congestive heart failure. Connor struggled with that and went through a sad time in his life. It’s hard to teach an 8 year old that as believers we WILL see our family and friends who are believers again. Its hard to explain to an 8 year old that the man he loved, who was suffering from congestive heart failure and other ailments, is no longer suffering. It is hard for an 8 year old to embrace that his great granddad is “asleep” and when he does wake up, he will be pain free and in much-improved NEW body.
We did a lot of praying. We hurt for Connor. We prayed to our Father that He would comfort him. Over time, Connor got better. Does he still miss his granddaddy? Sure. He still misses him. But now Connor is old enough to understand that it wasn’t “good bye”, but simply “see you after while”.
That time was hard on Kris and me, because it was hard on Connor. We could see the sorrow he had from losing his “favorite teacher”. Because we love him, we grieved with him, and we grieved for him.
It is incredibly comforting to know that the God of the Universe loves us infinitely more. It’s incredibly comforting when we are hurting to know that the One who made us, cares for us, and is intimately aware of any hurts we are going through. The big difference is He can fill that empty spot, that hurting spot, in our lives! He might not keep us from the hurts in life, but He will treat those wounds with His soothing ointment of! Because that is what a loving Father does!…
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)