I’ve been writing recently about grumbling, and the idea that trust and grumbling are opposites.
We can’t trust God and then grumble about what He has laid before us, or the “work” He’s given us to do. Grumbling, murmuring, and disputing testify to unbelief. If I truly believe that God is in control, and that He has my best, my very best interest at heart (and He always does), then how can I argue or grumble?
I spoke briefly with a friend yesterday, and this young woman is walking a road none of us would ask to travel. She has just given birth to her 3rd child, a precious little girl. This sweet little babe has some chromosome abnormalities that present a grave prognosis. Her life here on earth will most likely be short-lived, maybe a month, possibly a year.
As we chatted, this young mom thanked me for my recent posts, ‘They’ve been good for me because I’ve been tempted to grumble a bit…I’m asking why a lot.’ Oh, Sweet Friend, mourning and grieving, even asking why, are not the same thing as grumbling. Expressing heartache over dashed expectations or grieving a loss are natural human reactions. God has given us those emotions, and understands our need to express them.
The Merriam Webster dictionary says the word mourn is to feel or show great sadness because someone has died; to feel or show great sadness or unhappiness about (something).
And this about grieve: to cause (someone) to feel sad or unhappy; to feel or show grief or sadness.
That same resource says to grumble is complain or protest about something in a bad-tempered but typically muted way.
Mourning and grumbling are totally different reactions, feelings and emotions. God will comfort us during the first, but rebuke us for the latter.
I was given permission to share this young mother’s words. I was even told I could post a picture, but the timing doesn’t feel quite right. I may share more in another post on another day or someone else may get that honor as their story must be told. This baby’s life will be honored and people will be blessed from the testimony of this family.
I know some reading this blog are going through some really heavy stuff, and these posts are not meant to make light of those trials. God hears your cries. I hope you find comfort as you read the verses below…. just a few things God has to say about mourning…