Remember the title of the famous song by Elton John? It was about the short and brilliant life of Marilyn Monroe. The lyrics talked about the tragic loss of a beautiful, yet troubled woman.
Life is precious, and fleeting. Like a light on a candle it remains lit as long as there is wax and wick. However, sometimes the wind (circumstances) of life blows so hard that the light goes out.
It is always tragic when someone passes prematurely. I can’t think of anything harder than for a parent to bury their child. Common sense tells you that is not the way it is supposed to be, and yet it happens daily.
Also tragic is someone that did not fulfill their destiny. Their journey was cut short before they reached their full potential…before they fully blossomed into what God intended for them.
How do we ever make sense of this? It is truly beyond our comprehension. In fact, if we dwell on the question, “Why?” it can drive us crazy. There is no explanation that will satisfy this mystery, so why even mention it? Because we have to face this in our lives at some point.
There will come a day where you and I will face (if we have not already faced it) a time where someone we love and care about is taken away from us prematurely. It will come at an hour that you don’t expect and in a way that feels like someone kicked you in the gut. What do you do, knowing that you have to deal with something like this at some point in your life?
There may not be the answers for you…I can only speak for myself, as I have had to face this already in my life:
- First, hold fast to God in times like this. He loves us totally and is there for us even when tragedy comes.
- Second, don’t isolate yourself. Seek to be with people who love you. Be with people of faith that will pray for you and encourage you.
- Lastly, let go of “Why?” There is no explanation that will satisfy the question. Tragedy by definition defies explanation.
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you reading this. I pray that when the wind blows out the candle on someone close to you, that you are able to hold on to love, let go of blame and unforgiveness, and that you learn to live each day as if it is your last. Tell people you love them. Encourage people that are hurting. Give freely to those less fortunate. Live for God.
This life is fleeting. The candle is burning for all of us. We just don’t know when the wind will blow for us.