Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Psalm 31:9 (ESV)
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
My heart is broken…
Last Saturday, as some of you already know, I lost a friend to a freak accident. Tim wasn’t just any old friend — he was like my older brother. We have been good friends for the past 13 years. I truly believed Tim was invincible. When I received the phone call that Tim had died, I was beyond shocked. How was that even possible?
To give you an idea about my relationship with Tim, here’s the message I posted to Tim’s Facebook Wall:
So, I’m reading all of these amazing stories about Tim Klein. I’m loving every single one. Tim was an excellent human, and I already miss him so much. My heart feels like it’s hemorrhaging.
In the Bible, one of the things I love the most about Jesus is that He knew exactly what each person He met needed in that moment. I agree Steven Calzada. Tim is a superhero. I’m going to add that another superhero quality was Tim’s ability to know exactly what a person needed. Many people have mentioned how Tim was able to push them into doing things that took them out of their comfort zones. And, they are stronger and better people because of that little push. Tim knew you all needed that push. But that’s not what he did for me.
Tim knew I needed an older brother. Tim knew I needed words of encouragement. Tim knew I needed support. I think, deep down, Tim knew that I’m fragile. That I hide a lot. I hide behind jokes and laughter. Tim knew that I needed a person to run to when things got really scary. He never made me feel dumb, useless, or worthless anytime I called him or sent an email or literally ran to his classroom. I mattered to Tim. He knew I needed to matter.
And, that’s how I try every day to pay it forward. Through his example, I try to show my family, friends, students, and fellow co-workers that they matter to me.
I will miss Tim so much. I will miss his regular visits to my classroom. I will miss the field trips we went on with Lara Calzada. I will miss our lunches at Yardhouse. I will miss his wonderfully infectious laugh. I will miss his kindness and his support. I will miss having my big brother.
I love you, Tim. I can’t wait to see you again one day. RIP. ❤❤❤
These words aren’t enough. To describe the impact Tim had on this world, and on me, is impossible. He was one of the best humans I have ever had the privilege to know, and to say I will miss him is an understatement. The only thing giving me any sort of peace and comfort in this moment is that I know with 1000% certainty that Tim is in Heaven with Jesus right now. Tim loved Jesus with every fiber of his being. Being a man of Christ was evident in everything Tim did. I very much looked up to him for his true Christian heart, and strive to be like him.
When I went to my Bible to find the right verse for this week’s Encouragement post, I felt overwhelmed. What verse could possibly illustrate just how I feel today? I went to my go-to book in the Bible — the Psalms — and was lead to Psalm 31:9. This verse adequately describes how I feel right now. It’s like the verse was written for me. I am in distress. Complete and utter distress. I feel like my world is falling apart. My eyes look like they are going to fall out of my head. My soul hurts. My body aches. I really want to punch something. Today, I need God’s grace. I crave one second of His peace. I desperately long to feel something other than this immense pain.
I know God has control over everything. I know He’s got a plan. I just wish I understood why the plan sometimes has to hurt SO much.
If you could please keep Tim’s wife, JJ, and his two young sons, Levi and Jack, in your prayers, I would be so very grateful. They are a wonderful family hurting very deeply right now.
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files