One Way

Life seem a bit heavy? Good news hard to come by? Yeah, it is. Sometimes the sad news is half a world away, sometimes just a couple thousand miles, and sometimes right where we are.

Last week one of my grandsons ‘graduated’ from preschool. His momma and daddy and grandparents proudly watched. Then a little guy from another class, the last graduate stepped up, the music stopped. Turns out his daddy, who was a deputy, passed away several months ago. And now surrounding him were four deputies who were standing in to proudly usher this little guy across the stage and into our hearts.

How do we walk these roads? “Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1b NIV)

Two days later we found ourselves at a memorial service for a guy who lived long – and lived most of it as a believer in Jesus. He, too, graduated – and his diploma read ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.

All the times in between preschool and heaven – however many or few those days may be – have purpose. We may not think so, may feel like we’re floundering, may feel lost in it all. “Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’ Let the light of Your face shine upon us, O LORD.” (Psalm 4:6 NIV)

Sometimes we feel like a vulnerable five year old – alone, no dad cheering us on. Usually happens about the time we think things are going smoothly. We’re blindsided and teary eyes blur what’s ahead.

That’s why it’s important the eyes of our soul have a focus beyond what we see now. When our head tells us all is lost, we need a heart filled with truth that reminds us the victory is already won. When our circumstances have us taking anxious breaths, our soul needs to be sure that eternity with Jesus is real.

Recently, finding myself doubting, I had to reach deep for truth. I’m still trying to figure out a few things but the Voice of Truth keeps reminding me I’m His, He’s got this – all of it. Without the assurance’s of God’s Word, without the constant presence of the Holy Spirit, and without the victory of Jesus, truly all would be lost. We can only walk the hard roads one way – hand in hand with the One who knows the way. “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8 NIV)

8 Comments on “One Way

  1. Oh, I sang with this family a song that I have always loved. Psalm 4:1b will resonate with me for some time as I have been so saddened by so much all around as you state in this post. Thank you, Paris Renae.

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  2. Donna,
    I am so sorry to hear that your son passed away. He has 2 sons? I will keep you and the family in my prayers. 🙏🙏🙏

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    • Oh yikes I guess I should have worded better – my son wasn’t the one – it was a little boy at the preschool- please do pray for his family – and thanks for reaching out and caring

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    • Yes, so much heartbreak in our world – the little guy who lost his dad wasn’t in my grandson’s class but he could use our prayers as he navigates this hard world.

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  3. Blessings to you as you keep trusting the Lord. May your grandson never remember a day He did not know the Lord.

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    • Thank you, that is our prayer for all our grandchildren. It is our prayer for the little guy who lost his dad too, we didn’t know his family, but they need Jesus to see them through this hard world.

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