Would you give everything?


I give lip service to this question, this conviction that nothing is more important than God, than finding a way to come ever closer to Him, to know Him, to be known by Him.

I sing it from the pews on Sunday. I acknowledge it now and then in my words, offhandedly, because to put anything or anyone above Him is to make it an idol, and good Christian girls don’t have idols. I love knowing the Right Answer: and “Jesus” is always the Right Answer.

Then at night the deep sadness comes again, and I go to bed early, tell him I’m tired because I don’t want him to know that I still cry for her (but I think he knows, anyway).

And I hold it all inside while I wash my hair, brush my teeth, slip between still-hot sheets, while he kisses me goodnight.

And then he turns out the light, pulls the door behind him, and even as his footsteps recede down the hallway, down the stairs, I curl tight into a ball, stomach aching with the fierceness of my grief, eyes burning with hot tears that bring no relief because there is no cure, some wounds even time cannot heal. I scream silently to Him, at Him, because He could have stopped the cyst that killed her; He could have made her whole; and He didn’t, and I hold Him fully responsible for everything.

I can’t breath, but my lips are moving: Why? It’s a question I’ve asked a million times the past two years, and a question that, so far, He won’t answer.

And now, afraid because His silence shakes my world, my mind is racing. “Think of blessings, remember the blessings,” it hisses, fierce, because I’m forgetting the Right Answer.

But every blessing is in exchange for her, and I’d trade them all in a heartbeat to have her. The job I like, that feeds us while he is in school, it’s instead of her. The goals my husband pursues now, we couldn’t be going down this path with her.  One by one I list the blessings; one by one they darken into curses, because they mean she isn’t here.

And my tears are spent and my body exhausted and I lay still because I cannot move any more, I cannot think anymore.

And after two long, dark years, He speaks to me. Only it isn’t with answers, just another question.

“If losing Lynn brought you closer to me, would that be worth it?”

I don’t want to answer, because what else will He take to prove my commitment to Him?

“Would losing your husband be worth a closer relationship with me?”

He’s demanding an answer, not harshly – just insistently. What am I willing to give up for Him, really?

And if anything I ever believed about Him is even remotely true, then there is no other answer. There are no other options that make sense, other than to tell Him yes.

My Creator, Savior, has the right to ask of me those that He has given to me.

I fall asleep, my pillow soaked, still bruised and afraid but not hopeless. My God spoke to me. I can find the strength to walk another day.

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:7-9)

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7 responses to “Would you give everything?

  1. oh heather.

    “My God spoke to me.”

    Why, oh why, must His voice require such breaking for us?

  2. Amanda

    Oh Heather..I’m sorry you are feeling like this right now..can’t say that I blame you because I feel the same way. I have asked myself those questions a million times after reading through Matthew where Jesus heals everyone who asks..I asked..just didn’t happen for me. I even ask myself who is next..I’m here..always. We need to do coffee immediately I think..I have been where you are lately. God does get us through each and every day somehow though..

    • One day at a time, right? But somehow it’s comforting to realize He is doing something worthwhile in all the pain. Message me on facebook with coffee dates? I’m busy tomorrow and Saturday, but next week starts to open up.

  3. Vicki Daniels

    Oh my darling,

    I sit with tears running down my cheeks. I love you so much. I am thankful, incredibly, profoundly, thankful that our God met you in your anguish of heart. What other answer is there in life? He is worthy; worthy to be trusted, worthy to be obeyed. You, like Abraham before you, have passed the test. You love Him more than all else and you look for His face, even in the valley of the shadow of death.
    Daddy and I are praying for His love to abound in your heart. You are precious.
    Mom

  4. Christy du Mee

    This post brought tears to my eyes…I don’t know what to say, but my heart hurts when I read this.

  5. Dear Heather,

    How my heart breakes for you.I have no idea of your pain.If I may suggest that you look up Compassionate Friends,this is a group of people who have all lost children to death and can understand what you’re living with.
    Paw Paw and I will pray .

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