God Knows that Date
I’ve been noticing the year 2012 in so many different and random places and times lately. From the year a favorite coffee and donut shop was established, to the year my pilates video was made, to the year of Arizona’s bicentennial (I told you it was random!), and an album I just discovered released in 2012. It was also a significant year in a magazine I just read, as well as a lot of the dates on my expired spices (I’m trying to clean out those hidden spaces!!). And that’s just to name a few.
2012 was a significant year for my family and me, and life continues to move forward. Our children are growing up, our lives are continuing to move on and progress toward eternity, but God knows the ache that still shakes my heart. He knows the joy and pain that came with the year 2012. He knows the birth of our fourth child and the death of our second child; how the year began with birth and joy and celebration in January, and how it ended in death and mourning and weeping in December.
God still knows the ache that still shakes my heart.
For me, the 20th of the month is tender; for you, there may be one date (or more) very clearly etched in your soul. And if not now, there will come a day when there will be. It may not be a date you want people to know about, or it may be one that has been tattooed on your body, or placed as a sticker on your car. As time goes by, people may remember and people may forget, but it’s still your reality. Whether others remember or not, I want to remind you that God knows it. He sees everything, and He has not forgotten. You are not forgotten, and the pain that tends to arise at random moments is not unseen by our great and kind God. He is aware, and He is near.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
Not only is He near, but He’s the only One who can heal, and He will if we let Him.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
My husband recently preached a message of Jesus on the cross saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And he powerfully preached how we must hold on to God with both hands when we don’t understand or when He feels so far. Hold on to Him! He’s got you, and more importantly He loves you.
“Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Keep walking, keep holding on, keep planting your roots deep in the House of the Lord where you can surround yourself with people who will spur you on to go further in Jesus. As you hold on and trust Him, He will give you the strength you need for another day, another month, and He will give you the peace so you can turn your pain into praise.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” Psalm 28:7
And God not only knows your date of pain, but He also knows the date when Jesus will come back for us. Let’s remember that we seek a homeland when the dates and times of this world can overwhelm our hearts and get us to feel like giving up.
“No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows.” Matthew 24:36
Our Father knows. And He loves you.
And I pray that you would rest in His love and in His strength in the midst of whatever kind of date that surrounds you.