Friday, June 7, 2013

Breaking My Pride

I have been missing Rachel a lot the last couple of days.  The roads and highways here are covered in wild daisies... and I want it to make me smile like it usually does.... but for some reason my heart feels heavy when I look at them.
If I could pick every one of them for her, I would.

I woke up yesterday and, as usual, she was one of the first thoughts on my mind.  I felt my eyes well up, but the feeling quickly turned to anger.  I HATE that she's gone.  As I threw my blankets off and got out of bed, I resented that I couldn't have been faced with a temporary trial.  Like, why couldn't I have had a serious illness that got really bad and I had to cling to God through and then after He healed me physically, I could say it was a trial I endured in the past?  And "Praise God!  I made it through and learned so much and now I can live like it never happened."  Why did I have to have a trial that meant my life could never be the same?  Why did it have to mean that every day for the rest of my life I would know that I could never fully recover from it because she will never return to me on this side of heaven?  And why did it have to be a trial that so few people around me understood?

I went into the kids' rooms as always, opening blinds and shutting off fans and as I swung the boy's blind string to the right, I bashed my funny bone on the bunk bed.  I wanted to cry, but instead I said a bad word. 

My mother always said anger was a second emotion... and I've found that to be true.  It's always followed after a different emotion that isn't quite as comfortable.  It's easier to be mad then to face the truth, that in my pride, I think I deserved to keep her.

She was never mine.

And the daisies everywhere are reminding me of that lately.

But maybe the biggest blessing on the path I have had to walk is that God continually breaks my pride - which has never done anything but keep me further from Him and allow me to falsely believe that I was better than I was.  Pride allowed me to think I didn't need him in certain parts of my life.  Pride kept me believing that I had control, even if just a tiny bit, over MY plans for my life.  Pride allowed me to think somehow that God was supposed to keep me happy, rather than showing me that in order to follow Him, I needed to be willing to pour myself completely, utterly out in order to be more like Him.  Pride told me I didn't have a problem with pride.  Pride built me up for a much bigger fall.  The higher you are, the further you have to drop - and everyone does eventually. 

The daily reminder of this as I miss my girl, knowing that this trial doesn't mean I have met my quota and will never suffer again, keeps me lower to the ground.  It keeps me humble.  It hurts, but brings life at the same time. It used to take a lot more than a hurt funny bone to get my attention.

When Rachel was lowered into a hole in the ground and covered in dirt, my entire being knew like never before how little control I have in this life... how helpless I much I need Jesus.   I'm thankful that my pride was buried right along with my girl.  That my identity will never again be in anything but Jesus....that my devotion to Him got deeper and more true.... That I know where my true home is and that as a result, I am more sensitive to what God desires in my earthly life.  That having been loved so tenderly by The Great King during those days, my love for Him became richer and I became aware of His jealousy to own my heart completely....and more willing than ever to let Him.

I'm thankful that when I'm tempted to forget those things... I have the daily pain of losing my daughter, always breaking my pride and reminding me that I am entitled to nothing good in this life...yet He gives me so much more than I deserve.  Starting with the time I did get to spend with Rachel and how sweet it was to taste the goodness of the Lord and hold a piece of my heavenly home in my arms.


  1. I always come back here to read your words, specially when I feel lonely and "empty".
    I don't have a family, my mom who was the only person who really cared about me passed away almost 7 years ago and I never stopped missing her.

    When I come to this blog I just can't stop reading and sometimes even the same posts. But to see your family makes me feel less lonely.
    With you I learn about God, life... I laugh and cry with you. And I started to think about Rachel everytime I see daisies and 43.
    I totally understand when you think, talk and write about her because I do the same about my mother. I talk about my mom in a way that people always think she is still alive because they do not usually do that. I speak about her everyday, because I miss her and I don't want her to be forgotten. She was such an incredible woman, funny, smart, strong... I'll think everyday about her because she deserves my love even if she's gone.

    What you do with your love for Rachel is amazing, constructive and really rare in the world these days. I was a child that most of my family thought that had to be aborted. My mother chose me, my life, even knowing that she would suffer trought my pregnancy and after with the consequences. So, when I see your love for Rachel is kind of seeig my mom loving me. Not the kind I often see like "Having a baby will destroy my life and opportunities".

    Afterall I wanted to say that I hope you don't mind this kind of "stalking" because it really helps me to have this space full of love in a world full of so many despair.

    God bless you and all your family (on earth AND heaven) and thank you for everything. <3

  2. Pride is definitely a hard pill to swallow. Seeing the pics on this posts reminds me that I need to email you something - check your email!

  3. What a beautiful post and perspective... I really related in many ways... first of all, that is so true that why does this have to be a lifelong trial??? Why does it have to hurt forever? Why does it have to be something people don't understand? It is so hard knowing that most of my life will be spent as a bereaved mother (if I live a long life).

    And you are right, seeing your daughter lowered beneath the earth makes you realize at a whole new level how nothing is in our control as humans.

    We aren't entitled to anything, but God in His goodness still blesses us with beautiful gifts... I am thankful for the gift of Rachel's and Lily's lives.

    Much love and hugs and thank you for sharing your heart.


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