Losing a child is an unwanted journey; an exclusive club we didn’t sign up for. In many ways, it is similar to the Israelites wandering in the desert in desolation, waiting to enter into the land of milk and honey. 

Isaiah 43:18 (NKJV) 18 “Do not remember the former things,  Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing,  Now it shall spring forth;  Shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness  And rivers in the desert.

The Israelites wanted to turn back to Egypt. I think we all here have longed for the past when we had our loved one.  In order for one to heal you have to let go of the past and step forward into the future. This is easier to fathom when we know Jesus walks with us as our guide and that we have many others who are like minded and able to help pick us up when we stumble. Once the Israelites were in the promised land they were glad to be there. We need to cling to the promises of God. For they are His good intentions for us. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

So remember, you can not move forward if you are inwardly focused and stuck in the past. God has a plan for your life, trust and move forward with Him and He will guide you, strengthen you, and bring you comfort, peace,and rest. 

Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.