“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
The cryptic text haunted her all day.
Sarah and I need to talk to you about something tonight. It’s very important and can’t wait. It’s very private and very necessary. We will pick you up at 7:30. I promise it won’t take long.
With hours to go and nothing to do, her mind went in all sorts of directions. Was it one of the kids? Something she’d done? Something she’d said? For the life of her she couldn’t think of a thing.
She opened the door, went upstairs, washed her face, and kissed her kids goodnight. The next day she called me.
I sat there silently, taking it in. In the span of forty-seven awful minutes, her heart had been ripped out and her world turned upside down. She was out of her league and in over her head with no idea what to do.
“I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. Where do I even start? I don’t know what to do.”
You don’t know her story, but perhaps you know how she feels. One minute everything is fine. Life is business as usual with the usual ups and downs.
And then the phone rings.
Or you find an e-mail.
Or receive a diagnosis.
Suddenly, the bottom falls out and the walls cave in, and the air is sucked out of your chest. What do you do, where do you go, when you don’t know where to start?
We cried together, prayed together, and then I told her this:
“Look at me. You will get through this. We will get through this. So let’s start with what we know.”
Here is what we know: (more…)