Being exposed to a lot of situations that happen to the lives of people can be frightening. Some of these situations are actually very life altering. For we learn a lot of grief in life as one has lost in a moment much that is so dear. In such a tragedy like this, one can’t even fathom what to do, what to say, how to act or even process something of this nature.
So the question is… what do you do when it dies in your hands?
There is a story in the Bible where King David had slept with Bathsheba and they had a child. They had grown to care for each other in time and before you knew it, the child they produced in their union died in her hands. And not entirely overlooking the situation on how those two came together –they still had a child. And a life is very important and special to God. It makes a difference!
As the days passed the child grew sick! David immediately brought himself to prayer and fasting. He laid prostrate for seven days until the news came forth that their treasure had turned to tragedy!
And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them. Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”
2 Samuel 12:15-18
What do you do?
In these particular circumstances where we experience life taking a turn for the worst, what can you do but NOTHING! Life is in God’s hands, it’s not in our hands to control ever. I often hear people say. “This is my life!” But in reality our life is not our own. We aren’t the ones that created it and we aren’t the ones that have complete control over it. Yes, what we do in life certainly matters but those actions are always weighed by God. He is the ultimate driver through all.
We can’t control natural storms, we can’t control the violence of others and we can’t control even the loss of lives. It is all really just a tremendous tragedy but there is a way of dealing with these type of situations.
So when a situation occurs where you don’t know what to do — just WAIT! For after the child had died, David picked himself up and then he began to eat after he heard the news of the death of his child. He knew at that point there was nothing he can do but continue to move forward.
So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
2 Samuel 12:20-23
Life has to continue and even through our great losses we also can expect that we are going to have great victories. After all this happened with David and Bathsheba, they had another child by the name of Solomon and he was one of the wisest and richest kings that ever lived on this earth. Through Solomon, words of wisdom and excellence are recorded in the book of Proverbs and in the book of Ecclesiastes. For despite all these things God is the one that creates and breathes life into us all.
So when you come into a situation of tragedy in turmoil just know that there is a God that has the ability to turn things around! It’s not about having something better but rest assured He will give you something else and that something is just what you need for this precise time!
Maybe you lost someone dear to you. Maybe you lost a good job. Maybe you lost a marriage or other relationships. Maybe you lost finances or a home. I don’t know what you lost but God knows all of that and He’s also the One that is able to do something about it. For even throughout the mourning process of our lives He takes us through and He builds us up so strong that we are able to comprehend and understand that He is God over everything.
I am so sorry for your loss! We have all lost much in life. I know it is horribly painful, ugly, inconceivable and incomprehensible but just trust that certainly if you have survived, God will bring you to a great place of serenity. I can tell you during the worst and difficult times…. Pray. Cry. Grieve. Trust. Believe. Go through all of that. God is going to support, supply, strengthen and settle you in the most darkest times of your life. He will comfort you as well and bring you to the light. He has a plan of salvation.
When it dies in your hands, it lives in His!