Late Night Visitor – The Grief Thief
A thief comes in the dark of night, usually dressed in black to be unnoticeable. They break windows, kick in doors, pick locks, anything to get in a place they have not been invited. They covet the contents inside and will do whatever it takes to claim the rights to them.
Nobody invites grief in like a long lost friend. In fact, grief is avoided at all cost, yet finds its way into our lives coveting our peace, joy, and happiness. Like the thief that breaks into a home in the middle of the night, grief leaves a wake of destruction for a lifetime of clean up.
In my morning prayers, I began by thanking God for his natural alarm clock, the chirping bird. This is my favorite sound to wake up to and oftentimes, since I prefer mornings, I try to get up before the first bird chirp. I am a bit competitive, even with nature.
After speaking with God, I picked up a devotional, Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman. I have been reading this since my mom passed away as it was gifted to me by one of my friends and sisters in Christ. What a perfect devotion for today, (May 5)!
“It is easier to sing your worries away than to reason them away. Why not sing in the morning? Think of the birds – they are the first to sing each day, and they have fewer worries than anything else in creation. And don’t forget to sing in the evening, which is what the robins do when they have finished their daily work. Once they have flown their last flight of the day and gathered the last bit of food, they find a treetop from which to sing a song of praise.”
There are times in our faith journey when God feels distant and it is considered the dark night of the soul. My grief has clouded the feeling of closeness with God, but this morning, it was as if a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds and God told me that he is nearer than I can ever imagine. I had to chuckle when I read the devotion, as that is how God has spoken to me in the past. It was definitely a two-way conversation this morning.
I am going to do my best today to sing praise to God like the birds do from dawn to dusk knowing that He watches over me and cares for me.
Does this sound like something you can do as well?
John 10:10 (NIV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.