When 1 Is the Answer

1 + 1 = 2 - 1 = 1

At birth, we enter the world alone. As we grow, we begin the search for the person God has prepared for us to share life with.

When we're in our 20s, addition is the only operation we know. Everything is before us, and growth occupies our lives.

When we’re in our 30s, multiplication speeds up the process of living. Our lives overflow with more blessings than our souls can calculate.

When we’re in our 40s, we have to begin dividing our blessings and sharing them with others. Like releasing our children to have their own lives.

When we’re in our 50s, subtraction begins. We start saying our good-byes to loved ones, friends, co-workers who are going before us into the next life.

Then in our 60s (sometimes sooner, sometimes later) comes the most difficult subtraction of all. We witness our spouses being released from the bonds of this earth into living with God. That calculation is incalculable, the one we’re not prepared to solve. That subtraction leaves the answer we don’t want to accept. 

We are never alone, even when the answer to life's equation is 1. God is always there.

We are never alone, even when the answer to life's equation is 1. God is always there.

Of course, these are generalities. Life’s calculations are different and come at different times for each of us. But one thing is certain. We will have to recalculate our lives many times, especially when we lose those we love. 

And God is always there to help us do that. Even on the most confusing, difficult days when the mathematical operations of living just don’t seem solvable.

“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me” (Psalm 3:3-5).

Laura Warfel is a widow, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, because of the encouragement of the Launch Out Conference and Jon Acuff, she launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter. Today she blogs, tweets, and posts to help widows (and those who know them) find encouragement, hope, and resources for the journey. Her goal is to help all widows live beyond the label and live as more than a widow.
Copyright © 2016 by Laura Warfel