Are you just hanging on… what keeps you from slipping

By Norma Shull Smith

Sunday, August 20th was a beautiful weather day. At 6:18 a.m. the 3 cords that bound us together for decades quickly unraveled as I held my dying husbands hand and relinquished him into the hand of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was by far one of the toughest things I have ever had to do.
Yet I knew within my heart, that although for 53 years I had relied upon my husband physically, (as his power far out-weighed mine), that as he slipped away, I still was not left without power.
I have already ran into several situations that I want to call his name and believe that at any moment he will come to my rescue, but I know my husband is gone.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 says, “Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
About 15 minutes after his death, I needed to be by myself for a few moments and as I walked down our steps that leads to our foyer, as my feet hit the final step, I was reminded that God is the Defender of the Widow and a Father to the Orphan! “Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds[;     rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.  A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:4-5
Although I always considered my husband to be the one to come to my aid and he always did, the first cord in the strand had not departed; He was still there and the promise in His Word flooded over my soul, giving me great peace. In another version the verse says (the one who comes to the desert!) Whether God rides on the clouds or comes to the desert, I am reassured that on my cloudy and desert days of life, He is there and as long as my focus and trust remains strong in Him, the 2 cords in our relationship suddenly seems unraveled and more than enough to walk me through each day.
That doesn’t take away the human feelings of loneliness and missing of my loved one, but as I learn to sing in the desert, God also promises to bind up the brokenhearted. (Psalm 147:3) Eternity matters!

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