This week the SouthLake Christian family—composed of current students, alumni and families—suffered the loss of a dear mother, friend and supporter. Trina Law was many things to many people, including a warrior and a beacon of Christ’s light to those who surrounded her.
At 3 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018, Mrs. Law was relieved of her battle with cancer and reunited with King Jesus. Though difficult for those of us who so desperately hold on to her, it is comforting to know that she is no longer in pain. She now worships the Father in her eternal home, a home in which we will one day be reunited with her. But this peace that is found doesn’t erase the pain of the loss, especially for her immediate family and those closest to her.
Then what is it that God is trying to reveal to us through loss?
I believe that there are a few messages that God tries to relay to us through personal loss. Firstly, I truly believe that God has a reigning plan for all things that happen. The Lord takes and the Lord provides—that’s part of the mystery of Who He is and His plan for our lives. I lost 3 family members in a period of 6 months. The pain of the losses was brutal, but we had to continue to believe that there was a reason this was done.
I believe the reason that’s a little easier to see is this: personal loss should remind us of the loss God experienced when Jesus—His only Son—died on the cross for us. Though it was all foreknown, it doesn’t make the loss any harder. Some of us are in situations in which we know death is coming for someone we love. The point of rest should be in knowing that God understands. He can empathize with us in our loss.
Just as God knew that Jesus would rise again, however, we can have the confidence of knowing that we as believers will one day be reunited with those we have lost, as they are now worshiping the King in heaven.
Rest in Peace, Trina Law. We will see you again.
1 Thess. 2:2
"...but with the help of our God we dared to tell His gospel in the face of strong opposition."