By: Amy Guerino 11/2011
In my previous post on Judith, I showed this painting that was inspired by the word picture of the River of Life. God gave it to her from Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22 to help lead her home.
However, I had no idea that He would have comfort for me in the same painting as I mourn her departure from this broken world.
Judith's focus was the River because she was about to be overtaken by it in death and into the arms of her Heavenly Father to new life. As I am not allowed that privilege just yet, the Holy Spirit gave me word pictures in the structures represented in the painting.
The Prison - the brick building on the right.
"You were dead in your trespasses and sins." Eph. 2:1
Held as a prisoner...needing to be freed but unable to on my own.
The Palace - White/greyish building on the left.
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God., built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. " Eph. 2:19-21
The Bridge - The obvious picture is Jesus and the cross...from enslavement to sin and death to being a member of God's household. But God had something more...
Ann Voskamp in her book 1,000 Gifts writes,
Who trusts the Bridge Builder?
Count blessings and discover Who can be counted on.
Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow,
built upon with planks of thanks.
Remembering frames up gratitude.
Gratitude lays out the planks of trust.
I can walk the planks
- from known to unknown -
He has taken my beloved Judy-Mom home. I will continue to count the blessings, logging them into my gratitude journal. These will build planks of thanks as I cross future unknown bridges without her but I know HE HOLDS!
God is now in the process of taking home my beloved, Gram, my mother's mom. She is 90 and has been a second mother to me, the perfect grandma. This photo is of the four generations of Portuguese ladies taken in 1998. My Gram (Claire), me, my Mom (Janice), and my daughter (Elizabeth Claire, after my Gram).
Trusting the Bridge Builder as I cross another unknown.