My heart is so heavy.
This past month, a mother lost her son..
an adult son lost his father..
a mother of two young boys lost their husband and father.
These are all people who I am close to. It seems like each way I turn, people I care about are being surrounded by giants of heartache, loss, sorrow and suffering. I wish I had the power to slay them all and bury them in the field of forgottenness, leaving only the joy of happy memories.
But I know that there is a purpose in pain.
The trials, heartaches, sorrow in this life are inevitable; there is no escaping the torrent of their coming. Yet, I have to remember that there is a reason and meaning that many times can not be seen through the clouds of present grieving.
Pain and sorrow are among the instruments the Lord uses to shape us into the image of His son. To etch righteousness, faith, compassion, mercy, endurance, love and perfection into our character. I believe, that instead of viewing our grief as an enemy, the Lord would have us embrace it. To consider it a refining companion.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
I know this is so much easier said than done..I KNOW!! And I know that it’s easy for me to say this now because I am not the one standing in grief’s presence.
If you are one who is standing in this place, among these thick clouds – I wish with all my heart I could in some way comfort you. The only way I know how to do that is with His word. So that’s what I will leave with..
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Psalm 18:28 “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Revelation 21:4 “ ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”