This morning, a friend texted me and asked if I would pray for her parents. They were putting their dog to sleep and were heartbroken. I always try to find something profound and comforting to say, but never do. So, I promised to pray for her and her family knowing they were going to have a rough day.
As I started to pray, I thought about the feelings they were having. I thought about loss and how that affects us. And I thought about why we grieve. When we open our hearts to love, we allow someone to come in and add to our joy. They enhance our lives because they return our affections. When that is missing, we feel empty. The thing is, that empty space will never be filled again because that space was made by that person (pet in this case). It’s almost as though it grew there because of that love. And when they’re gone a piece of us dies with them.
This morning I found these words, “But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14 NIV) This comes at a time in David’s story when his children were doing evil things. Lust, rape and murder filled their lives but in the midst of all the drama was this little nugget.
God has done the ultimate to have a relationship with us. He has sacrificed His son Jesus so that there would be nothing separating us from Him. He loves us that much. And it doesn’t stop there. He wants to spend time with us. When we are absent, He misses us. Nothing can take our place. Each and every one of us is unique. He created us that way. And our relationship with Him is just as unique. He cherishes us and He cherishes our relationship with Him.
How amazing that God would create us in His image. He created us to love and be loved. He also created our hearts to understand loss. He gives us a tiny glimpse of the emptiness He feels when we are missing. That gut wrenching grieving is what He feels when we shun Him.
I don’t know where you find yourself today, but I pray you will find your way back to God. He adores you more that you could ever understand. And He desires a relationship with you. No one else can fit the spot where you belong because He created you for it.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NIV)