Life is Fragile


Life is Fragile

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  James 4:14 

Karen, age 38, heart attack; Tom, age 41, died in a car accident; Laura, age 40, struggling to walk again as a result of a car accident; Arnie, age 32, died while fighting the Los Angeles forest fires, Dawn and Rhonda, age 40 and 45, suffering the effects of multiple sclerosis – all these people came in contact with death or disease in recent months or years.  All were my friends or family members.  The specter of death and disease loomed its ugly head, again, in my life.  It is sobering, and I struggled to move beyond the sadness and heartache that death and disease bring. 

But God is in these trials of life.  He has allowed these events to happen, and He is still on His throne. He pulls us to Himself in times of grief and allows us to feel His presence.  He gives us many Scriptures to encourage us in times when we feel overwhelmed with heartache and sorrow.  Psalm 46:1 says, “God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.”  This is one verse that helps us sense the strength of God as a refuge to run into for safety from the barrage of disheartening arrows.  Go to Him and find refuge for your soul.   Proverbs 18:10 is another verse that gives us the sense of safety.  It says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower.  The righteous run into it and are safe.”  Just to call on the Lord’s name and feel the peace and safety He gives is such a relief.  Build your strength by calling on Him. 

Life is fragile, but may you find refuge, strength, and peace as you navigate the heartaches and sorrows of life. Be encouraged by the verse in Revelation 21:4 that tells us of a future time in heaven: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain…. for the former things are passed away.” Are you in need of God’s refuge and relief?   If you are, go to Him and His Word.  He is waiting there with open arms.



  1. Jean Cade said,

    April 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    What a blessing! Thank you Joanna. It’s a great reminder that this life is not home, it is school. I appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Karina said,

    April 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    As we try to take in the idea that this life, time and space as we know it, and live in it everyday that it is not all there is! As “mature” believers we know this to be true, we have the faith to count on it… yet often, the losses we experience in this existence, are never the less painful, disappointing and when they catch us off guard, difficult to accept.

    This is the reality of being human. And isn’t it reassuring that we have the 11th chapter of John where we have the record of our own Savior’s response to the loss and pain of the death of his friend Lazarus. Jesus, who was very God, still wept as he took in the whole of this man’s departure, the sorrow of his sisters… all the while knowing that Lazarus would be raised from the dead.

    I take comfort in knowing that God the Creator who knows it all from beginning to end, who is sovereign, omnipotent, holy, immutable and impeccable does not look down from heaven with annoyance or impatience with my frailty and seeming inability to wrap my arms, intellect and will around His will… Instead he sees me in light of exactly how I am … weak and small… then in His loving compassion grants His own Spirit to enable me to say Yes and move into it all… consoled and with His peace.

    And isn’t even more amazing that he does this “as one who has been here himself” not as a benevolent spectator! The Fact that our God is The Trinity, he knows of this experience… he’s not just observing us… He has been here. It is a mystery how such a thing can be… but one I take great comfort in.
    Hebrews 4:14-16
    14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  3. Angie said,

    April 10, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Joanna–What a powerful post you have written! God is all over this! Speaking to ME~!!!!

    Thank you so MUCH for your kind words on my post today with the Cafe`. What a blessing you are!

    God bless you!

  4. Kathy said,

    July 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    As I am trying to get my brain around losing my best friend at 46 years old, this speaks to me in ways you will never know.

  5. Kathy said,

    July 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    As I am trying to get my brain around losing my best friend at 46 years old, this speaks to me in ways you will never know…
    Also I remember what we learned from Damaris Carbaugh at LYFE meeting… He bore our sickness and OUR SORROWS!

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