Saturday, August 11, 2012

STORY STONE

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye . . . we will be changed. 1 Cor. 15:52

And we were, in a moment, forever changed.

Everyone has them: defining moments that set or change the course of one’s life. Some just pass by with such subtlety that they are barely noticed, like choosing chemistry third period instead of American history where you will eventually meet a lifelong friend. Those moments are the finely etched lines in the story stone of life.

Then there are the defining moments that happen with such force that you have no choice but to take immediate notice. There is no eventually to those moments. They instantly become crevices--not lines--that add the depth to the story stone of your life. And while finely etched lines may be “adjusted” or carved over, these crevices are there to stay. And we are given a choice: Will we choose to find the beauty in the depth?

A deep crevice was carved in my stone on July 4, 2012.

That day held so much promise.

What could have been better than a day on the lake celebrating our favorite holiday with all of my children and grandchildren? Today, 38 days later, I know that a lot of scenarios could have been better. I don’t doubt that maybe in 1038 days, I will have crawled out of that deep crevice to see a glimpse of the bigger picture; but there will be no crawling out today.

Today I will have to live by faith and just believe without seeing that there is truly a bigger, more beautiful picture. And that is all I can do.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


24 comments:

emily said...

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Deb said...

Prayers for you all...

Kellie said...

Not sure what event has taken place but I do pray that you will see God's good hand soon enough.

Denise said...

Kellie,

Nate and his friend Noah died tragically that day while swimming at the marina. It made national news.

Thank you for your prayers.

Denise

SueAnn Lommler said...

I am not sure either...but hugging you all!!
SueAnn

Jen U. said...

I've been praying for you and Kelly and both, Denise. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart just aches for you guys.

~Jen Unsell (from FIAR)

Kelley Highway said...

Mark the hand(s) that helped you to the "other" side.

With love and prayers for comfort,
Kelley of Kelley Highway

{edie} said...

Love you and will continue to pray and grieve with you. Your writing is just beautiful, Denise. You truly have a gift.
Much love friend,
edie
xoxo

Holly said...

Love to you, hopefully you will find comfort in knowing that people who don't know you hope to give you some comfort in this terrible time!

Thoughts for the day said...

What a terrible tragedy, may God give you the comfort and peace your heart needs.

Karen said...

I am deeply sorry for your profound loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. With much love and prayers, Karen

Kelly said...

I was so, so sorry to see this tragic news. Praying for everyone.

Lisa D.B. Taylor said...

I saw this on the news and my heart just ached for you all. Holding you in the light and prayer.

Christie said...

He is a beautiful boy!

I came here via Edie's blog, and I think I recognize Kelly from the FIAR boards 4-5 years ago. I'm so sorry.

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

My heart hurts for all of you for I TRULY cant imagine how you are coping with this. Hoping you find the comfort and the strength you need during this time.

Amber said...

I am here from Edie's blog, but I heard about your grandson in the news. I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious grandson and his friend. Your post made me weep. You and your family are in my prayers.

Wanda said...

This crevice that you speak of is deep for the mother/grandmother/family who loses a precious child. I've read your story with such a heavy heart and praised the God who loves us and shared such sweet boys with this world.
What a testimony (for such fun little fellers) that their lives had touched so many in such a small amount of time.

I think it's important for family's to know....their babies will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! I love that about our Lord--he makes the heart remember. Sweet hugs to each of you and blankets of loving prayers your way.

Gma L said...

I don't know you. I linked to you from Edie's blog and actually I don't know her either. I just mention this because I want you to know that there are many others like me who don't know you but whose hearts go out to you and yours in the loss of your precious grandson. Susan

rosetells84 said...

I'll be praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry. Nate is beautiful.

jennibell said...

You have a beautiful gift. Your grandson will forever be honored in your words. I'm so incredibly sorry that it is you living in that crevice right now. Prayers with you.

Donna H. Baumann said...

Praying for you and your family...what a blessing your words are to those deep in their pain!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately beauty is difficult to appreciate without experiencing the pain of its opposite. How beautifully you have expressed the essence of faith. I treasure your words more because I see you living them out. My love and prayers are with you. Mary Sue

Anonymous said...

I was just reading your blog on birds and had the desire to stay longer. What a moving story. What a great blessing that God is using you in this way across the internet to minister to so many. You never know the lives that you touch with sharing your stories. God Bless you dear one. May He cradle you and keep you like no other can. Hope that you will find yourself back to doing regular blogs soon! tinkartist.blogspot.com

martha said...

I had read about this tragedy without realizing that he was YOUR grandson. I am so sorry.

Praying that your faith will comfort you all until you are reunited at the heavenly banquet.