My ways…

…are higher declares the Lord Isaiah 55:8-9

Five years

Not a very original title for a blog, but it was the thought that came to mind today as I remembered tomorrow’s date.  As I try to wrap my mind around the weird concept of time…like, “where has it gone and how can it seem so short and so long at the same time?” I’m also reminded that good can come out of the very worst of things.

I think it goes without saying that most people have experienced the death of a loved one. It’s a universal experience.  We cannot escape death.  Death reminds us that we live in a world that is terribly broken.  Originally, God planned for life to give way to life, forever.  I think it’s right for us to treat death as sad and unnatural, and to be angry about it and long for it not to be so.  It’s not the way it’s supposed to be. We are not supposed to be prepared to face it or to even have to deal with it.  Sin brought death.  Death is our enemy.

The Bible is very clear that good things can be found in the midst of darkness and death. The death of Jesus is the most powerful example of this truth.  The best thing that ever happened came from the worst thing ever.  What could be more unjust than the execution of the only perfect person that ever lived?  But “on the third day He arose” so one day life WILL give way to life, forever.  His Resurrection is my guarantee.  Grief needn’t rob us of life now. We have hope!  Hope of a life to come, where there is no death, no sorrow.  This is where lasting comfort comes from. This is where the ability to persevere begins. This truth allows our sadness to be felt with rest and our sorrow be tinged with Hope.

So while my grief has waned and the sadness is more of a memory, my Hope in the One who is to come, has grown, and THAT is a GOOD thing.



“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”(2 Peter 1:3)


  1. Have watched your journey from afar Nicole. That ‘beauty comes from ashes’ is truly a miracle that only God can fashion. Rejoicing with you in HOPE.

    • Thank you for your encouragement Laura! And yes, only God….

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