He gives and takes away…
…blessed be His holy name.
I was recently in Spokane with my husband and after he had finished preaching, and as I was walking to the foyer of the venue, a young woman with a little boy in her arms, along with her husband stopped me and introduced herself to me. She said that she and her husband have followed our story and have been so blessed, and then she said they had driven six hours to hear my husband preach that night. Wow!
The next thing she told me took me by surprise and took my breath away a little. She said, “And this is my son Elias, and he was born the same day Lenya went to Heaven. So his birthday is December 20, 2012.” Tears filled my eyes while I looked at this almost 17 month old baby boy, and my immediate words to her were, “what an incredible example of how the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
The girls and I read this kids devotional book called, Thoughts That Make My Heart Sing, by Sally Lloyd Jones. One of the devotionals in it say how we have three birthdays. The first is our physical birthday – the day we were born into this world. Then there is our spiritual birthday – the day we are born again and made alive in Christ. Then there is the day when we move from this earth to Heaven. I couldn’t help but think that just how this little boy has been on this earth for almost 17 months, Lenya has been in Heaven for almost 17 months and how the same day was simultaneous birthdays for these two. I was overwhelmed by how time has gone by, and overwhelmed by God’s love and grace in this moment.
I’m just so thankful that God is so in control, and that He is good, no matter what – in life and in death, in joy and in pain.
He gives and He takes away. So my heart will choose to say, “Blessed be Your name!”
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gives and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”