Entrusting Our Incomplete Stories to God
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
Shared loss powerfully connects people, but we don’t all have the same capacity to process deep loss.
Marta and Dana met to have tea and talk. Both women had recently suffered miscarriages and were devastated, still processing the disappointment, pain, and loss of life. They had loved their babies from the moment they’d found out they were pregnant, and today their arms ached to hold them.
But there was a distinct difference between the two women. Marta had a relationship with God and had learned many times over that even the most terrible losses can be entrusted to God’s hands. She had seen how God had woven her life losses of jobs, family, and security into a story of hope. Marta was wrestling with God through her anger, pain, and confusion, but even in the pain, she was experiencing God meeting her with His love and nearness.
Dana, on the other hand, didn’t have a relationship with God. She was in a terribly painful pit of depression, not sure how she would ever be ok again.
It takes a colossal effort to believe God can take our incomplete, painful stories and make them beautiful. In fact, the Bible actually tells us that there’s just no way for us to imagine how God will do it! It says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
God is ready to write beauty into the painful story you’re living right now–beauty that’s infinitely more than anything you could ever dream, or even think to ask for. His arms are open to all who will come to Him.