Good morning friends! How was your week and weekend? I pray all went well and you are ready for the week ahead.
As I mentioned last week, this week’s post will continue on with the circumstances surrounding my Dad’s passing and my young family’s return trip home from New Brunswick. As I left off, we were driving along the New Brunswick TransCanada highway, towards the United States boarder of Maine, to head home after only arriving in New Brunswick 24 hours earlier, due to the unexpected passing of my Dad.
Sit back, grab your coffee and consider God’s unexplainable mercies….
His Unexplainable Mercy
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7
We were still driving at 2 am through the blackened interstate of Maine. Andy had been as good as gold, and had fallen asleep in his car seat a few hours earlier. Other than the lights on the dashboard you could see nothing. There were no lamps along the roadside, nor any other headlights or taillights in view. I was awake, because my job as passenger was to help keep Rick awake and alert. Everything was dark and silent.
Then… out of the silence, I heard Andy gasp a breath of air, and then heard him say with great joy, as he always did when he saw my Dad, “Hi Poppa!” and then with as much disappointment, “Bye Poppa!”. In that second, I turned around and there was our toddler wide awake, looking toward the roof of the car with an intense gaze, and an arm stretched out in the same direction.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Without a doubt I believed that Andy, someway, somehow, saw my Dad. If there was anyone on this planet that my Dad would have missed being with in his last moments, it was our little Andy. My Dad and Andy adored one another, so it made sense to me that if Dad could have had one request on his dying bed as he conversed with the Lord, it would have been the opportunity to say goodbye to our boy.
I can’t explain it, but this experience has permitted me to understand more fully that God can do and permit anything he wants; Time and space are no barriers for him. He is simply a God of mercy who not only showed his mercy to my Dad as he moved from this world to his heavenly home, but also, in our grief and sorry, the Lord comforted us through this most gracious, loving act. It also made me realize that, as Christians, we are more closely connected to the heavenly realm than we think.
Finally, all the events of the last few days were God’s guiding hand. He lead Rick to be moved to go to New Brunswick in order for us to not be present as my Dad passed on. He guided my Mother-in-law and her husband to be visiting in New Brunswick at the same time we were. He gave Andy the peace to endure over 32 hours of driving within a four-day period, and he permitted my Dad to say goodbye to a grandson he adored. God is a God of the living: here on earth and in eternity. He truly is a God that guides us for our own good.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank-you for guiding our lives. May my heart be open to heeding your call. Thank-you for your mercy towards us, your children, in our fear and grief. Help me to commit all things, even those that I do not understand, into your care and providence. In Jesus’ name I pray! AMEN
Reflection: Have you ever experienced God’s presence and mercy in what we would consider an unconventional way? Take time to remember and give thanks for His care for you. May this memory help you in tougher times, when you are feeling that He is distant. Take heart, God is never distant! Or, have you ever heard someone share an experience and think, “Ya right…. they’re just a little eccentric!” Maybe you thought something like that while reading this post. I totally get where you are coming from. It is a little crazy. However, those experiences, for those people, are real. God is real and present. He is never leaving or forsaking us. However, he cares for each and everyone of us uniquely, like each snowflake is unique. So, with that in mind, perhaps you could lay those feelings before the Lord and trust that he can do anything he wants, however he wants, with whomever he wants….and that, in all such ‘Faith stories’, God is proclaimed and gloried!