It is official.
Joseph’s tombstone has been permanently sealed upon the ground where his little, earthly body is decaying. Sadly, it is the cold, hard fact; his body is withering away under the earth, while his spirit in heaven lives on adorned by his new glorified body. His mere frame of flesh is obsolete and he is soaring with the angels in his forever prime. The abundant life that Jesus promised is Joseph’s now.
The single word on Joseph’s tombstone is: UNSTOPPABLE. One word that had to describe his entire life; a potent word. A word that speaks of moving forward and is ongoing. UNSTOPPABLE…a word that I want to encapsulate my life as well.
It’s still so surreal to gaze upon this tombstone and swallow that my first-born son is really in the grave. I have to ask myself, “Is this really my life? Did this really happen to me?” As tears roll down my cheeks, a few words resonate in my spirit: GRACE, PEACE, and JOY. Yes, joy, in some strange way. After momentary sadness floods, joy prevails. There is a deep joy knowing that my son is with his true Father. It’s an uncanny joy that he will never have to suffer in this life and that he is home.
There really is a PEACE that I can’t explain. I’m really not that strong. I actually am an emotional person by nature so why is it that I feel OK with this? Why shouldn’t I be a wreck everyday?
All that I can say is that this GRACE is REAL! I can’t logically explain it. In the natural I shouldn’t be OK with this. I can’t FAKE this or PRETEND to be strong. GRACE soothes my soul and rocks me like a baby when memory upon memory fall like an avalanche through my mind. It soothes me when I try to figure out why MY SON got cancer. The questions come: “Was it something I ate, did, smelled, etc? Was is something spiritually that I didn’t cast down? What if I would have caught it earlier?” Then, I feel his strong, loving hand push my head to his chest and say, “STOP! I’ve got him and I’ve got you. I love you like no other.”
He assures me that He will keep me, cover me, and lead me. His nearness alone can still me! One word from Him. One touch in his presence where I can draw close to him and suffocate the noises of this life. HE IS ENOUGH! His grace soothes the pain.
This closeness to a gentle, but yet powerful God makes me UNSTOPPABLE, not MY strength, will-power, or discipline to pick myself up by my boot straps and press, press, press to drown it all out; to hide under a facade of busyness.
No, I am an overcomer and am UNSTOPPABLE for one reason:
My nearness to Him and His nearness to me! I have relationship with the Father because of Jesus!
I am not this strong. I am held by His love in a relationship with the only one who can water my soul. He is the only thing that satisfies.
Is your soul satisfied by Him?
Are you UNSTOPPABLE? You can be with Jesus!