If you're looking for laughs today, this is not the place to find them.
I was happily screaming my lungs out yesterday at Man-boy's soccer game when my phone rang. It was Abbie.
She was crying, so I got up and walked away from the action so I could hear her.
She asked me to pray for her friend Kim, whose friend from her hometown, Lauren (also a Liberty student), had fallen off her bunkbed a few days ago and cracked her head open. Lauren went to the ER and got a few stitches, and her parents came and got her to take her home until she healed.
Lauren spent her last day on earth with her family, and went home to heaven yesterday.
The obvious question among college students is "Why?"
But why not? Aren't we always saying that God knows best? That all things work together for good etc. etc.? Don't we sing the hymn that says "Jesus doeth all things well"? Has any of that changed?
No. The thought I can't get out of my mind is that God was so gracious to let Lauren spend her last day with her family. Her mom and dad didn't have to go pick up a body; they got to hug and love on their daughter and hear her voice and see her smile. Sometimes we are so concentrated on our own grief that we miss the grace and mercy of God, who surely doeth all things well.
Ben has always said when we can't see the hand of God, we can trust the heart of God.
Praying for Lauren's family and friends.