Answer: There is most definitely a verse I have clung to during the whirl wind that is the last six years of my life. I even blogged about it once. It is this:
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
That verse gives me such hope, that even though I might not know/understand here in the thick of it, one day I will. I am not always going to understand the "why's" and I've learned to be content in the mystery. One day I will see it clearly. I always have that to hold onto. One day I will understand.
My favorite quote is by one of my favorite authors Bob Goff. It is this:
"Heaven's leaning over the rails wondering who we'll become."
I don't know how much the people in Heaven are aware of what happens on this earth but I believe they are. Scripture says they do, at least to some degree, when Hebrews 12:1 describes the great cloud of witness' that surround us. It is my personal belief that they are aware of this race we are running and they are cheering us on to run our race well. The thought is so comforting to me.
I often think of this quote in regards to my Joel. I can just picture him peeking over Heaven's rails and watching his family becoming who we are. It's why I continue to write, to honor his legacy and carry out the dreams we both had for our story. There's nothing I want more than to make him proud.
Thanks for your question Staci! If any of you have a question, send it my way.