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When the World Spins Backward

Years ago, my maternal grandmother died in her sleep. She was 87. I cried. I missed her (I still do). But it was expected. It is just the way things are–the natural process of life. 

Blanket of clouds

I can accept that. I can accept aging as, not always welcome, but inevitable. We are born, grow for 30 or-so years, maintain for another 20 to 30, and then slowly decline for the last 20 to 30-plus, finally gathered to our Lord in a peaceful goodbye. Just like Grandma. This is the way it is “supposed” to happen. 

But often life and death are not tied up in that nice little bundle of expectation. Sometimes the world spins backward. 

Often life & death are not tied up in a nice bundle of expectation. Sometimes the world spins backward. Click To Tweet

Sorrows of This Life

What is difficult to accept, what causes my muscles to tense and my mind to scream denial, is when the natural process is flipped on end. When what should be isn’t and what shouldn’t be is.

What causes my stomach to lurch and my blood to run cold and then boil is when babies are left in trashcans to die, when someone’s desire for self-satisfaction destroys a child, when a tragic accident steels away loved ones too soon.

What knocks me to my knees and then makes me wish I could forget, is when good people die young and the wicked are left to roam the streets, when pain and suffering grip loved ones in its iron embrace, when no reason is reasonable and nothing makes sense.

When the world spins backward, when the order of life gets off kilter, I want to runaway and hide. 

Tragedy builds on tragedy—sorrow on sorrow. In my angst, it is tempting to question, berate, and scream at God. But that won’t change anything. And doesn’t really make me feel better either. 

But There Is Hope

God is sovereign. His thoughts are not my thoughts and my ways are not His ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

Until the Lord returns to cast out all evil and establishes “new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell” (2 Peter 3:13), the unimaginable will still happen. Car accidents will still occur. Tornadoes will still strike. Children will still die. Pain will still be present.


God will still be God.

Abba Father will still embrace His children.

Yahweh will still extend His mercy.

The gracious Lord will still pour out His blessings on us.

I AM will still control all.

The Shepherd will still search out the lost.

The Lion of Judah will still hate sin.

Jesus Christ will still have shed His blood and given His life so that you and I may live forever with Him.

It is easy to be hyper-focused on the horrible events, the tragic happenings, the ugliness that surround us. But when we do, nothing is ever lovely, nothing is ever good.

And with God there is always beauty.

With God there is always beauty. Click To Tweet

As I struggle with the tragedy and heartache, sickness and pain that surround me, I am drawn to the comforting lyrics and beautiful truths of this simple hymn based on Isaiah, “Though the Mountains May Fall” by Dan Schutte

May we always remember, whatever happens–whether we understand a circumstance or not, whether we like it or not–the Lord’s love and peace will never leave us.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens…

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).

Reflections: What circumstances are you struggling to make sense of today? How can I pray for you? 

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Linking with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience in 2013 for my Joy Dare list  for Multitude Mondays (#1788–1808, read them all by clicking here):

  • Great helper for VBS; Technology that works; Another day with no rain
  • Rain holding off until after VBS today; Mom stopping for a visit; “Skipping” smug children (& a Mom) in Phase 10 🙂
  • Rachel’s 15th birthday; Tennis between rain showers; Hubby willing to pick up the slack during this crazy awesome VBS wk
  • Found our runaway boy from VBS w/o further incident; Rach’s birthday oohs & aahs as she opened presents; Humble pie served
  • End of a fabulous week of sharing Jesus at VBS; Few hours to just be–soaking it in; Dandelion fluff drifting in the air
  • Getting the bug out of my eye–seriously!; Power & mystery of prayer; Curly locks that hide my mis-snips during haircuts
  • Seeing Dan at camp; Dropping off Zach 4 exciting wk at #BoysState; Friend’s injuries are serious but less than first believed

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

4 comments on “When the World Spins Backward
  1. Julie says:

    I certainly can resonate with your words. Sometimes there is no reckoning of the present pain. I have often considered the words of Job upon burying his own children: “In the Lord’s hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Would that we would more clearly fix our eyes on the glory to be revealed than the present mess we’re all in. On a different note, happy birthday to your dear girl!

    • Julie Sunne says:

      That certainly would be a more peaceful way of living our earthly life, Julie. Always good to hear from you. Thank you for your birthday wishes.

    • Julie Sunne says:

      That would certainly make our earthly existence more peaceful and content, Julie. It is always nice to hear from you. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

  2. Julie Sunne says:

    Yes, VBS is one of my priorities, Kelly. Thanks for stopping by.

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