Recently, I asked our Bible reading group what was the worst thing that had ever happened to them. Some of them mentioned the death of loved ones. According to a stress chart, death of a spouse and divorce are at the top of the list.
One devotional writer noted, “On 10th September 1819, Canadian hymnwriter Joseph Scriven was born. The accidental drowning of his bride-to-be the night before their wedding led to a life of depression; yet he also authored the hymn of comfort, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.'”
For much of his life, Scriven must have pondered what could have been but would never be.
No matter what loss we may incur, we must not let the could-have-beens overpower the what-can-bes. We must hand over to God the missed opportunities, bad judgments, untimely deaths, or reverses in life. We must let him work in us what still can be.
“… life is at work in you” 2 Cor 4.12.
God is ever present, ever active, always carrying through his good purpose in us, if we do not close the door, because of our grieving, to his possibilities.