By Jerjuanna Cecille
I love a Good Snack! There was this time when I was little and I was crying hysterically! My mother and my grandma were ignoring me ( because I was faking). My aunt comes in and goes off on them because, well... “they know they can hear this baby crying!” So she asked me what was wrong and in my hysteria I gathered my strength and I cried out, “I want a SNACK!”
I use to love sugar so much that I would open up the little packs of donuts and eat dozens of them at a time. I simply enjoy when things taste sweet. So much so that I even put sugar on my fruit!
When we unconsciously hear the word sweet; grief, pain, and bitterness are not associated with it.
Louisa was in the midst of all these emotions after tragically losing her husband. Now a widow and single mother she write these words:
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life, and rest, and joy, and peace.
My mama told me once that a black woman is strong. That you can see her go through the worst day of her life with a smile. That she is a nurturer by nature who will care for all. That the world can and will throw everything at her but they will not see her bend or fall! BUT when she gets home and closes the door she breaks.
Sis, I have learned from my mama and from experience that it is in those broken moments that we have to see trusting Jesus for what it really is: an absolute necessity!
Trusting Jesus is not just merely pushing pain and struggle away! It is a sweet confident hope that we can have certainty about the kindness of our God in the beginning, middle, and end of any situation. It is sweet to trust in Jesus when our lives are moving exactly how we want them and our eyes begin to get caught up in sweet desires that mean us no good. That trusting in Jesus just from sin and self to cease is sweet! I long for the day that we as black women can express our God given emotions without fear or judgement. That we can cry when our lives don’t look like what we’ve dreamed or even feel like a reality. That we can be angry when no one truly sees us or those that only enjoy the thought of who they want us to be. That we can be broken and confusingly sad/happy about how hard we love and keep loving even when we don’t get it back. It is sweet to trust in Jesus, who identifies with our sufferings and carried them for us in His body to the cross. Just from Jesus simply taking Life, and Rest and Joy, and Peace.
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Pray with me