❝And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings; everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, human beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark. And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.❞ Genesis 7:19-24
Reflection by Allen Lamb
Loss is a way to start over. Many times, there is pain in loss and it can be difficult, especially when the loss is life. It can be difficult to move on, but with time, the void left by the loss gets filled. For most, I think loss reminds them of death. That hasn’t been a huge part of my life. I have only lost a few loved ones. I guess I am lucky in that way.
Loss in my life has taken the form of what could have been. I lost the chance to have married parents when I was only a year old. I lost the chance to be an only child when I was 4. I lost the chance for my mom and my brother and me to have only each other when I was 7. I lost the opportunity to be a wild bachelor for the rest of my life when I was 19. For each of these times that something was lost, God had a greater plan for me. When my parents divorced, the loss of that relationship led to the birth of my brother. The divorce also led to a relationship with my stepfather, one of the greatest influences on my life, and one of the most amazing men on the planet. The loss of one relationship for my mother led to a much better and more rewarding one with my stepfather.
When I was 19, I met the love of my life and lost any hope I had of being single ever again. And at 26 and 29 lost all hope of sleeping all night or ever having silence in the house. Each time I lost something, God was there. Even when Noah watched as the whole world was wiped out and all life was lost, God was there. He has a plan to fill the void of loss with many wonderful things. Like the light at the end of the tunnel or the rainbow after a storm, God’s grace and love will always fill the void of loss after the pain subsides.