I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. Isaiah 43:2
Over the weekend I watched a funeral service of Ezra Blaize Kline. Rebekah, his mommy, laid him down for his nap happy,walking back into his nursery a little later to find her worst nightmare had come true. Little Ezra Blaize Kline who was seven weeks old apparently died of SIDS. Loving the God who takes your child is a short you-tube video where both parents talk about their son at his funeral. God gave and will continue to give them the grace they need as they face the coming days without their little baby. Sorrow, sadness, grief are now close companions of this family...but their ultimate and closed companion is their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I write this post, Give Me Jesus by Fernando Ortega is playing on Pandora along with, Perfect Peace by Laura Story, two themes of the message that Rebekah and Justin Kline want to convey as they buried their son. I share this because of the impact it had on me personally when I watched the entire service late into the night last weekend. I could not tear myself away from the screen as these two God-loving parents and family entrusted the soul of their baby and their own souls to the God who had called little Ezra to Himself. The theme of this blog and my life is to love God with all my heart, mind and soul and my neighbor as myself and to glorify God in everything I do everyday. This service showed me it is possible to do that even in deepest grief and sorrow. I'm not wishing this tragedy or something like it on myself or any one for that matter, but I know if and when I do face the fire of unexpected tragedy, God who loves me and you more than you will ever know will be there to walk with me/you through the fire and it will NOT overtake us.