I invite you to read Elisse’ tender testimony.
“There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a a time to avoid embracing; a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-7 (HCSB)
I have a love/hate relationship with this verse. It brings both hope and trepidation and confirms the fact that our lives here on Earth are very seasonal. We do not enter into a relationship with Jesus and think that everything from there on out will be peaches and cream.
The greatest take-away I have from the loss of our son is that God is in ALL of our seasons. He is present is every circumstance and will show Himself to be mighty in every single one. He works all things out for our good. Romans 8:37 says “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” (HCSB). We have victory because Christ was first victorious. Although I am faced with death (which I believe is one of the hardest aspects of our lives while on Earth), I can walk through knowing that Jesus first had the victory so I could walk through each and every season victorious.
Life may be seasonal, but Jesus’ love for me is not. His love stands the test of time and it is strong enough to get me (and you) through ALL this life may throw our way.
I don’t necessarily know what you are facing right now, but I know that no matter what it is, when it is placed in God’s hands, He can make it something beautiful.
Since the death of our son, we have randomly met SEVERAL families in our own area who have said “I’ve followed your adoption story on your blog, your son’s death impacted us in _____ way.” Over and over we hear the stories of how our son’s less than 3 years on this earth have impacted so many lives. Adoptions are in place, people have re-evaluated their lives and God has used this to spur people to make an impact however they can.
I never would have chosen the loss of my son, but I am ever astonished at the good that God is able to bring from one of the hardest things our family has faced.
My friend, no matter where you are in life, whether in a season of weeping and mourning or joy and reaping. Please know that according to Ephesians 3:20, God is able to do exceedingly more than you can ask or think RIGHT NOW, right where you are if you will allow Him.
It is our hearts’ desires to lift you up in prayer no matter what you are facing today! Please let us know how we can pray for you today.
Elisse Kipe. Elisse is a lover of lattes & Jesus and her favorite times are spent with both. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams, a Pastor of the campus planting variety. Together, they have 2 homegrown daughters & a son from Ethiopia. You can find her writing about her passions: grace, service and adoption at Mommy Musings by Elise Kipe and The Dinner Table Collective.