by Jan Silvious
Few of us are isolated from the fear that when the phone rings in the middle of the night, it will bring the tragic news of loss
As a teenager, I can remember hearing the phone ring in the middle of the night. In those days, people usually had only one telephone, centrally located in the house. Ours was in the hallway between the bedrooms, so when it rang, I was instantly awake and could hear my father answer.
“What’s the word?” He sighed quietly, and responded: “We’ll call back in a little while.”
I listened as he went back into the bedroom and told my mother, “Glen’s dead.”
The shock to her was enormous. As the oldest child, she had been a surrogate mother to Glen, after their mother died giving birth to him. Now, Glen was dead—killed in an automobile accident while still in his early twenties.
Tragic news has a way of leaving one speechless, numb, and full of questions. Where do you go when the news you have heard alters your whole life forever? Where do you turn in the dark hours of the night, when the pain is most intense?
In Matthew 14, there is an example of just such an event. When John the Baptist was executed by order of Herod the king, John’s disciples and friends “came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus” (v. 12). At the moment of their deepest need, they told Jesus.
H. G. Bosch tells of an incident that occurred when he was a young boy. “A dear neighbor who lived two doors down the street experienced a great sorrow. She often played and sang at her piano, but after the tragedy struck in her life, the first song with which she would open her ‘daily concert’ was the lovely hymn, ‘I Must Tell Jesus.’”
What better place to go than straight to Jesus when life hurts too much for words? I cannot know what pain or tragedy may knock at your door today, but I can tell you that there is One who waits for you to call on Him for help and assurance.
© From The 5-Minute Devotional