In 2nd Samuel 12:20-23 there is a story of King David mourning the illness of his child by Bathsheba. He sat in sackcloth, wouldn’t eat or speak to his servants. For 7 days, he sat there, waiting to see what God would do. One day, he noticed the servants whispering and asked, “Is the child dead?” They were afraid to answer him for fear of what King David might do to himself. Reluctantly, they responded, “He is dead.” David then did something that amazed them all. Verse 20 reads, “So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.

In life, as difficult as it is, we must except what God allows as David did. David could have remained on the ground (in a place of grief, heartache and sadness) but he chose to be okay with God’s decision. He got up from the ground, washed himself, anointed himself, changed his clothes and went into the house of God and worshipped. Then he went to his own home and ate. We can choose to remain in a place of darkness, weariness, hurt, depression, isolation, or even bitterness but at some point we have to GET UP (and even stop using it as a crutch) and do as David did. To get up doesn’t mean you don’t miss them or love them or will forget them. It simply means you are moving from a place of being stuck to a place of ACCEPTANCE. We have to accept the Will of God, get up from the ground, wash up, anoint up (rub our bodies with a fragrant oil) clean up, fix up, make up, dress up, eat up, and enter into the sanctuary and worship up a storm for all God has done. It hurts, but life continues. If you read on to verse 23, you will see that David even took comfort that he would see his child again. Accept what God has allowed and GET UP FROM THAT PLACE!!! Life awaits you. Continue to live the life God has designed just for you. GET UP!

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Dr. Pamela Gray Addison