When God Clears the Mist

When God Clears the Mist of Our Understanding (Music Video: Who Am I? by Casting Crown)

We don’t always know what God’s up to. His ways can seem confusing, almost misty.

Sometimes He parts the mist and reveals what He’s doing.

Other times, He asks us to walk by faith, not by sight.

No matter how confused we may be about God’s ways, we can walk in confidence that He knows how to lead us — even in the dark.

My friend Traci Burns was living in a dark, swirling mist of questions after her daughter Anna’s accident, until one day:


When God Clears the Mist

by Traci Burns

I often wondered why I was not home when Anna’s accident occurred. — why my husband and I were hours away.  

Months after Anna’s accident I got my answer.

Before I continue, I would like to share a thought:

The way Jesus showed up for me may not be the same way He shows up for you.

Jesus knows what’s best for us.

He created us.

He loves us.

As you continue to read, please keep these truths in mind.  

One night, I was sleeping and woke up at just about the time Anna’s accident had taken place.  

I lay in my bed and two thoughts came to my mind.

What if I had been home the night Anna had her accident?  

What would I have done when the highway patrolman knocked on my door or rang my doorbell?  

I knew exactly what I would have done.

I would have gotten to Anna as fast as I could.  

I would have seen the scene of the accident.  

I would have seen my precious daughter.  

By every account, Anna died instantly when her truck went off the interstate. If I was home and had gone to Anna, there’s nothing I could’ve done.

AND, THEN I KNEW.  

I knew why I had been with my dear friends in Atlanta instead of at home when the accident happened.

ANNA WAS ALREADY WITH JESUS!  

Jesus knows me, and He knew if I had gone to the accident scene and seen my precious daughter I’d have those images etched in my memory forever.  

Jesus spared me that scene and that memory.  

He even took me hours away to accomplish this.  

But, He didn’t stop there. He also placed me with dear friends who showered me with love and comfort when I got the news.  

Anna and I had spoken on the telephone the night before her accident, and the last words we said to each other were, “I love you,” and “I love you too”.  

THAT is the memory I’ll always have.

The lyrics to Casting Crown’s song Who I Am reflect my thoughts about Christ’s love for me and what He did for me in my darkest moment.

It’s the same love He has for you.


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Never Forget to Remember (Monday Music)

Never Forget to REMEMBER. Listen to The Passion band sing REMEMBER -- and remember the empty grave!

Never forget to remember.

When all looks lost — when everything’s at its worst — never forget to remember the empty grave.

Many of the Jews wanted Christ to be the conquering warrior. They wanted the Messiah of Revelation 19, not the crucified Christ of John 19, and so they refused to embrace the empty grave.

To the Jewish leaders who’d crucified Christ, the empty grave was a problem, not a comfort.

To us, it means we can face pain, fear, and evil and stand in the knowledge that they are not the end. They’re the three long days before the empty grave.

For three days Christ’s followers saw the grave as total defeat.

They felt the searing pain of loss.

They feared they’d be next.

How could Christ’s death mean anything other than that the Son of God had been defeated by evil?

What hope could they hold for their future? For anything?

But on the third day, hope rose with the Son. He’s alive.

The grave stood empty.

The grave remains empty and Christ lives today, yet good people still endure pain and loss. God’s children still suffer. 

Christ overcame hell and death, but He didn’t charge out of the grave as the conquering warrior of Revelation 19. He didn’t set up His millennial reign on earth when He stepped out of the tomb.

He defeated the power of sin and death, but sin, death and Satan still affect each one of us — for now. 

Never forget to remember the empty grave.

The empty grave is our promise.

Never Forget to REMEMBER. Listen to The Passion band sing REMEMBER -- and remember the empty grave!This world is not the main event. It’s more like the Invitation to the main event.

It’s where we learn about Christ and the choice we have before us.

God is using everything that touches our lives to bring us to our point of decision to either accept Christ’s invitation or not. To accept the empty grave and believe in Christ, or deny it and its meaning.

And He’s using this world to mold and shape us into a shining reflection of His Son — the One who walked out of the dark grave and into the light.

Christ’s followers’ darkest moment had never really been dark. It had always radiated the light of victory, but they couldn’t see it until the end of the three long days. When Christ walked out of the grave.

If we embrace the reassuring promise of the empty grave, we can face today, tomorrow, and eternity, enjoying peace with God and the peace of God.

Hope is alive.  

Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
he who believes
in Me
will live
even if he dies,
and everyone who lives
and believes
in Me
will never die.
Do you believe this?”
~ John 11:25-26

Listen to “Remember” by Passion.

Passion’s song Remember speaks (or rather sings) of the exciting promise of the empty grave. Listen, and never forget to remember.

Embrace the empty grave and live.

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Orlando, I’m so sorry! 6 Ways We Can Respond Better.

Orlando, I'm Sorry! 6 Ways We Can Respond Better via www.jeanwilund.com

Orlando, I’m so sorry!

I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through. And I’m sorry for the many horrible reactions you’ve endured. We can respond better.

In fact, there are at least six ways we can respond better to tragedy, but first let’s briefly review the horrors that descended upon Orlando this past week.

Christina Grimmie

The first atrocity struck Orlando late June 10, 2016. A deranged fan gunned down rising superstar Christina Grimmie. Devastating.

This past Monday I posted a tribute to her and offered hope. And I shared her stunning music video In Christ Alone. (Click the link to check it out.)

Pulse Night Club

The night after Christina’s senseless murder, an ISIS-praising terrorist brutally murdered 49 souls in an Orlando gay night club.

Terrifying and outrageous!

Disney World Resort Lagoon

As Orlando and the world reeled from the recent events, two days later an alligator dragged a two-year old boy off at a Disney World resort lagoon.

The parent’s desperate attempts couldn’t save their young, helpless son. They returned home from their dream vacation living their worst nightmare.

My heart felt like it couldn’t take much more, and I don’t even know any of the individuals devastated by this past week.

Then I heard something disturbing on the radio.

A Casserole, Not A Gavel

In talking about the tragic death of the little boy, the announcer said, “It used to be when someone dies, we’d bring a casserole. Now we bring a gavel.” She then went on to tell of the many people who rushed to judge the parents of the toddler.

Seriously?

Who does that? In the deepest pain of their lives, why would others feel the need to heap more on them? Unbelievable.

We Can Respond Better

The same day I read an excellent article by author and speaker Lael Arrington concerning the nightclub shooting. I shook my head again at what she reported.

I’m baffled over any reactions concerning the night club shooting other than compassion for the victims. And yet, shocking responses abounded.

Chick-fil-A most likely shocked the world with its response, too.

Check out Lael’s article to discover how Chick-Fil-A responded and six ways Christians and Muslims can do better resonding to tragedy:


 6 Reasons Why Chick Fil A Got Orlando Right (and how many Muslims and Christians can do better)

by Lael Arrington

As soon as reports surfaced about Sunday’s massacre in a gay nightclub, suspicious fingers began pointing to Christian haters. Even after it was reported that the shooter had dedicated his kill to the Islamic State. What grieved me even more was talking to Christians who condemned the killings, but acknowledged they didn’t feel a great sense of compassion on the gay victims because, after all, look what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Thankfully, Chick-fil-A in Orlando rolled up its sleeves, fired up its grills and showed our terribly divided culture how to follow Jesus in such a tragedy. On a day when they normally close their doors and give their employees time off to go to church, they were serving their great food to first responders and  blood donors lined up to honor the victims.

Here are 6 reasons why Chick-fil-A got it right and how many Muslims and Christians can do better: [READ MORE] 


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I’m posting this on the 1-year Anniversary of the Charleston9 massacre. So much pain, but don’t lose hope. Read my post and see how Charleston responded well: What Dylann Roof Meant for Evil, God Allowed For Good.

What Dylann Roof Meant for Evil, God Allowed for Good ~ "Brother" by Needtobreathe (Monday Music) (Photo By Spencer Means from New York City, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Do you have any stories of someone who responded to a tragedy in love and compassion you can share? I’d love to hear a story. Leave a comment below. Thanks!




In Christ Alone — The Hope of Christina Grimmie

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Christina Grimmie lost her life at the hands of Kevin Loibl, but she received it right back through the nail-scarred hands of Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-8)

Between the tragic, senseless murders in Orlando of singer Christina Grimmie on June 11th and the 50 souls at the nightclub in the early morning hours of June 12th, we’ve received horrific reminders that our hope is found in Christ alone cialisfromuk.com.

Even in the barrage of tragedies and atrocities, we mustn’t lose hope. 

Evil isn’t going away anytime soon. But neither is Christ. 

Therefore, we can still live in love and without fear.

Our hope — the hope of this world — is found in Christ alone. 

Christina died, but her hope was realized when she rose back up stood before her Savior in heaven. I pray there were many more who trusted in Christ among the 51 who died.

If you’re losing hope or filled with fear, I pray Christina’s voice and message will encourage you to receive Christ’s strength, comfort, and hope. 

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2

Christina posted her gripping performance of the song “In Christ Alone” on April 2012, stating:

Owl City’s cover of this inspired me to sing this for yu guys. Easter is one of my faaaaaavorite holidays! JESUS CHRIST IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR and i’m not at all ashamed of it.

And Christ is not ashamed to call Christina His own.

Watch this stunning and fun video and let her message become yours. (Watch it all the way to the end. You’ll be glad you did.) 

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Don’t lose hope. What the enemy means for evil, God uses for good. Check out my article about Dylann Roof, the murderer of the nine faithful in Charleston, SC. 




Do Not Fear. All Is Not Lost. ARISE (by Russell & Kristi)

Do not fear. All is not lost. Christ is the champion of lost causes. Watch the music video Arise by Russell and Kristi and find hope via www.JeanWilund.com

I get it. Really, I do.

We look at the headlines and throw our hands up in frustration. What’s this world coming to?!

Do not fear. All is not lost.

Go ahead. Throw your hands up, but not in disgust or despair.

Throw them up in praise because Christ is the champion of lost causes.

Consider this: Christ was dead. He was in-the-grave-wrapped-in-linen-sealed-with-a-stone dead.

But all was not lost.

He rose from the dead, left his grave clothes behind, and walked out of the open tomb.

All was not lost.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. ~ Matthew 28:5-6

The resurrection changed everything. It’s still changing everything today.

All is not lost.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us.

Arise.

Arise in resurrection power and overcome your doubts and fears.

Arise in resurrection power and overcome your anger and hate.

Arise in resurrection power and overcome your bondage to sin and shame. 

Arise.

All is not lost.

We’ll still walk through trials. We might even face some we can’t imagine surviving. 

Apart from Christ, we have only whatever strength, peace, and joy we can manage to muster.

Apart from Christ, all is lost.

With Christ, His strength, peace, and joy fill us.

When we abide in Him, all of who He is spills out so we can rise up in power and live — really live.

Even if we can’t physically rise up, our souls aren’t held back. 

Arise and be encouraged. And listen to Russell and Kristi share this message through their song, Arise.


Whatever we’re facing, we have what it takes to walk through it if we have Christ.

If you don’t have Christ, He can be yours today if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that you’re a sinner but Christ paid for your sin on the cross. (John 14:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-13.) 

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