A teacher called Grace
Seven years have come and gone since our Jake passed in March of 2014.
Grief has been a teacher to Stacey and I (others also) through this difficult season of life.
I think the greatest lesson I have learned since that awful day is that the grace of God is without end. It is deeper than I ever imagined.
At my salvation I experienced Gods grace through faith. As I began to walk by faith his grace continued to be revealed to me. This is a wonderful experience.
At Jacobs death and the years that have followed I have learned more of Gods grace in the pain than in the days of pleasure. This is a wonderful experience as well.
Grief is a tool God used to teach of his boundless grace and strength. I didn’t enjoy the class but pain has taught us things about God that aren’t known apart from discomfort.
Seven years ago I was at my lowest and weakest point in life. It seemed unbearable but Jesus carried the burden with us the whole way, till this day.
Jesus taught us things about his grace that we never could have understood apart from losing our son.
There is grace in pain. A depth of grace that is discovered only in our weakest points in life.
God didn’t remove our pain. Jacob is gone and that is a continual ache in our hearts.
I hated the hurt and wanted it gone. But now I wouldn’t trade the pain for what I have gained and learned through it.
The apostle Paul experienced tremendous pain and Jesus refused to remove it. Paul also was instructed by a teacher named Grace.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Wonderful things are learned in Gods classroom of pain. What have I learned most? Gods teacher is named Grace and she is more wonderful than I ever imagined or thought possible.
Grace and peace to you all. Mike