You’ll Get Through This
I couldn’t think of anything to write. My mind was blank and my heart was heavy. I had no words. As a writer, times like this are few and far between. My mind is constantly churning thoughts and ideas for new posts and points to express, but this time it was silent. We had just received the news that my husband’s cousin had passed away.
He was 41. It was brain cancer.
He had a wife and a little girl.
He had incredible parents.
His mom baked him a birthday cake, set off fireworks, and then he was gone.
Into the arms of Jesus, but gone from this life.
You don’t think or even say the niceties about how the suffering is gone or he’s in a better place. Your cousin, husband, father, and son just died. You just want to cry till your throat is sore and your eyes are red.
Yet in the back of my mind I thought about Joseph from the Bible, and the story of how his brothers threw him into a pit (Genesis 37:18). Ordinarily, I wouldn’t recall the story of Joseph and his pit misery, but I just received a copy of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get Through This from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review (see disclosure).
Lucado masterfully weaves the story of Joseph (the one with the coat of many colors) into his book while focusing on the turbulent times in our own lives and reminding us of triumphant times ahead.
You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this, Lucado reiterates.
Lucado actually repeats this statement many times throughout the book, but when your heart is heavy and your mind is blank you need to hear these words more than once. From a devastating diagnosis to the loss of a young child, Lucado quickly pulls you into the relatable hurts and offers guidance in our grief with God’s word.
You’ll Get Through This. Isaiah 43:2, ” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…”
You’re Not Alone. Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
It Won’t Be Quick. Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
These statements and verses are just a sampling of what you’ll find in the book. Even though I wonder and question the How’s and When’s, I know God has a plan and a promise. He had a plan for Joseph to be 2nd in command in Egypt (one step below Pharaoh), and God has a plan for us. It can be hard to see in the midst of your grief and teary-eyes, but yes God has a plan.
I’m thankful You’ll Get Through This was on my night stand when I needed it most, and I highly recommend having a copy of your own. You never know when you’ll be thrown into the pit, and need some helping climbing out.
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