Five Minute Friday~ Nothing Compares

The hallways were white and sterile. The smell of sickness was stifling. And I was at the height of my selfishness, a sophomore in high school, completely caught up in my own stuff.

But my Daddy was sick. It all felt surreal. My strong, vibrant Dad. The man who I looked up to and sought out for wisdom and compassion and understanding.

We were at the hospital in the waiting room while the doctors opened his chest cavity to work on his heart. The heart that had poured out love on his girls, on his congregation, on the hurting and lost for years and years. The heart that had stopped working correctly at least a decade before.

My mom and sister sat with me while we waited. And the song “Nothing Compares” by Sinead O’Connor came on the radio. As she sang, I thought about my Daddy and how much I loved him. About how he was the head of our family, the rock. But something started happening in my heart. God was wooing me towards himself. And while my eyes wanted to focus on my Daddy and the very real possibility that I was losing him, my loving God was lifting my chin and pointing my gaze to something beyond my circumstances and situation.

In my self-absorbed world, Christ entered. I learned by the side of a hospital bed that nothing compares to my great God. I was confronted with my need to trust God and his plan when my world is spinning out of control AND when things are perfect and beautiful.

It is well with my soul…

Nothing compares to the love God has for me. Nothing can compare to his greatness, his faithfulness, his power, his plan. We are given earthly fathers, earthly love, earthly joys that are not meant to replace God, but to point us to him.

The second time I stood by a hospital bed, watching my strong Daddy slipping away, I was reminded again. Nothing compares to our God. The author of life is not shaken by earthly death. He remains the same. And in the midst of the losing, there was, there IS hope.

Because nothing compares to my God.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38,39

Linking with the Five Minute Friday community of writers as we write on the prompt “Nothing”.