People who are grieving sometimes say it feels as though they are under water. The depression and despair, the numbness and “disconnected from reality” feeling. I returned yesterday from a trip to Seattle where I attended the funeral of my 29 year old cousin. And today I found out one of my dear friends has suffered a tragic loss.
Its easy at Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ to say “death, where is your sting?” But when it rocks your own personal reality it’s much more difficult to bear. We know death has lost it’s sting ultimately because Jesus defeated it forever, but pain and suffering are inescapable when we lose someone we love.
A passage that has resonated with me the past few days is Colossians 3:1-3. I was listening to a song that talks about how God is a mighty fortress and it says “We will set our eyes on you” and it made me think of this passage. . .
Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
I felt the Holy Spirit gently whisper to me the reality that we are all dead to this earth. All those who have placed their faith in Jesus have died to this world and our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Some people just get to experience their real lives sooner. This perspective somehow comforts me and I hope can offer a twinkle of relief to others who are grieving. Emotionally it may feel like you are drowning or stuck in slow motion. Or that your heart is sick and dying. Inside of that pain is where God meets us, even if we don’t see or sense it yet. The reality is that all of us are dead. We can set our hearts and minds on things above, where our real lives wait patiently for us, hidden in the God who made us all and loves us deeply.