How about one step at a time? Or how about one “pinky toe stuck out from under the bedsheets as I start my day” at a time?
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NKJV)
Losing Sam is the hardest thing I have ever endured. Yet Scripture offers us precisely what we need when faced with the hardships of life.
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Whoa! You know what? He wasn’t kidding.
When Sam got sick, we said, “Whatever You have for us, Lord. We are in. He may not have made Sam well here on earth, but He gave him eternal life with a glorified body. No aches, no pain, no fatigue, and no more death. Whee! I cannot wait until I get to experience that, and no, I am not kidding. Losing loved ones who know Jesus makes us long, even more, to be there with Him and with them.
So, until then, I take each day/hour/moment one step at a time with His light leading me. If I try to step ahead, I usually fall flat. It’s much better (and less painful) to “lean in” to the Lord as He leads the way. He gives us His Spirit, His Word, and His people to help.
If you are in the thick of it (grief) or are even years out from your loss, it helps to rely on Jesus, continually. Don’t try to do it yourself. I have an incredible support group of friends and family. To this day, over 3 1/2 years since my sweet Sam went home to heaven, they don’t expect me to be “over it.” What they expect is to be there for me so I can “lean in.”
My prayer for you is that you know the Lord and are able to follow the path He sets, one step at a time. Feel free to reach out. I am here, pinky toes and all.