Well if you are involved or know anyone in the MNU community, you possibly will know of the recent tragedy that has left many people with heavy and burdened hearts. One of MNU’s dearest went to be with Jesus a couple days ago. When heartbreak, tragedy, and trials come our way a mix of emotions rise. There is confusion. There is hurt. There is anger. There is shock. All of which are logical and acceptable emotions. In the past I haven’t always thought that my grieving mix of emotions were acceptable to God. But that is simply not the case. Scripture says that God is near the broken-hearted. He is saddened with us. Remember He once lived as us, and in the lowest of circumstances.
I was driving home from Oklahoma a couple days ago reflecting on the news of the recent passing. My heart ached for my dear friends who are broken. I looked out into the empty fields. Gray sky stretched across the horizon. The dead of winter made evident throughout the landscape. Nothing seemingly “pretty” or “happy-looking” appeared in sight. Until I saw this bright yellow house. I thought it was kind of interesting, so I pulled over and took a picture. I mean this bright yellow and cheerful, little house in the middle of no where, surrounded in a storm, in the dead of winter, just sat there. It seemed resilient. And almost out of place.
That little yellow house would not escape my mind. I reflected on it as I drove home and I felt the Lord made an impression. That this house was joy, it was light, it was His people. In the midst of a storm, in the midst of all things dead, His joy, His light, and His people were set apart. They were bright yellow houses in the dead of winter. That as trials come “the house” will not fall. His people will find joy in his presence (Psalm 16:11), they will find his light, and they will be that light. So as people drive and pass that little yellow house in the storm, they will be drawn to it. Because it contains the joy of the Lord, it contains (even in the midst of tragedy and sorrow) perseverance, and it contains overwhelming comfort.
So maybe you are heavy burdened today. Broken hearted. I say to you: it is ok. It is more than ok to feel how you may feel. The Lord draws near to that. I can’t tell you anything new that you haven’t already heard, but I think the Lord says to you today to strive for comfort and safety in that little yellow house. In the comfort and safety of our Savior’s arms there will you shine in the midst of the darkness, and there you will find joy.
I didn’t know Quincy as well as I wish I would have. Reading through endless amount of posts of the lives she had touched truly showed a legacy that is inspiring to all. I urge us all to pray. Pray for her dear and close family, for her roommates and friends, and for all those who grieve today. A wise mentor of mine told me once that God moves when we pray because that way we know that it is Him that moves and works, so He receives glory.