Most of us have felt the color of loss. It strikes as the rainbow of life in garish shades of anger, betrayal, fear, disappointment, and sorrow. The color of loss is as tangible as everything else you know.
The strange thing about loss is how its shades blind the true sense of life’s colors. The loss becomes so large that it obstructs the view of what remains.
A parent may lose a child, and in that loss be so angry that he forgets his two remaining sons.
We may feel the sting of betrayal which then overshadows those who are steadfast and true.
The balancing weight to loss is thankfulness. The balance or scale is the sovereignty of God – the knowledge and acknowledgement that God is in control of all things.
Job is one man who knew the color of loss. In a matter of minutes he lost his children, his servants, his wealth, and his health. To all this he replied:
Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:21).
Job knew that God was in control, though he didn’t understand what God was doing or why He was doing it. That simple awareness, that faith in God, permitted Job to be thankful in the midst of his loss. The anchor of a man’s heart is revealed by where he turns in his loss and In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong (Job 1:22).
Keeping our perspective in balance, the colors of loss fade, the weight lifts, and the unseen God remains.