Then our lives suddenly and drastically fell apart.
Life as we knew it was turned completely upside down and we are still dealing with the fallout.
Ever been there?
I discovered the perfect analogy in the strangest place: playing Mario Cart Wii with the kids. They love to talk me into racing with them solely for the purpose of beating me (badly) and laughing at my driving skills. I always pick Princess Peach, and I choose my bike based on the speed of acceleration because I tend to run into walls, trees, and bushes often so I need a quick restart. Although I rarely pull off a win, there are a few times when I am actually in the lead and doing quite well, thank you very much. But then I hear that warning sound and I only have a few seconds to cringe before a blue turtle shell flies up and over, then dive bombs straight down onto poor Peach. There is a lot of noise and crashing, and when it's over, the driver is left spun in the wrong direction and in last place. All I can do is wait until the spinning is over, get myself pointed in the right direction again, and get back into the race.
You see where I'm going with this, don't you? Sometimes in life we find ourselves racing along happily. We're doing all the right things, minding our own business, maybe even "winning", if you will. Then, out of nowhere and without warning, we're hit with a blue turtle shell. And we're left spinning out of control, disorientated, and in last place.
I know personally many of you have been there. Whether it's catastrophic loss or a personal crisis that shakes you to your very core, fear and pain are a constant reality. Life is suddenly out of control and you have no idea if - or when - you will ever stop spinning, or what things will look like when you do. Thankfully, this is where the analogy ends. It's not up to us to reorient ourselves, and it's not up to us to "get back in the game" through our own effort and ability.
When we find ourselves lost in the wreckage of unexpected events, here is what the Lord says:
"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
Do not fear.
I will help you.
Let those words sink into the depths of your wounded, broken heart. Help in on the way. Redemption and rescue started at the cross when the Father reached down through time and eternity to take hold of your hand. And you are still in His grip.