I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow. JEREMIAH 31:13
Sadness is an everyday truth in this life, and one we have to reckon with. But just as a day can bring sadness with it, it is also true that the day of sadness passes. We can be accused of being trite or trivial when we say it, but it is true that “things are going to get better; just hang on; you’ll get through this.” That’s the truth. Sadness does turn to joy. I don’t know how many times I have faced a group of family and friends who have lost a loved one unexpectedly—a funeral can be the saddest day of our lives. Looking at people’s faces, we wonder if they will ever smile again. And yet, I will see those same people in a matter of weeks or months and the joy has returned. It’s just the process of life. We weep and then we rejoice. God gives us the grace to move from one phase to the next, from one day to the next. Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening
Last evening was a struggle for me. Even having slept on it, as a graceful blessing that that was, only marginally helped. There is still a sense of sadness for me.
Life changes direction sometimes faster than we like. Sometimes we see it coming, sometimes we don't.
For you, depending on how you take it, it will be somewhere between taken in silence or in a crying out of the heart.
I am one to internalize most of my feelings. It takes quite a bit sometimes to let out what I truly feel, not the little bit that people see.
The truth that was whispered last night to me is the same that I hear this morning from Jesus. "I am still here. I am still with you. Even in this."
Jobs change, where we live can change. What we do can change. Our health can change. Look at the types of people that Jesus healed. Some had been in the state He had come upon with them since before His earthly birth. They had been in that place in their lives, in some cases, for decades. Until Jesus had arrived they had lost all hope. Sadness was a way of life.
I have dozens of thoughts and feelings to deal with. Oh how I often wish it were fewer. Not understanding something often gets under my skin unlike many other things.
I go through things probably differently than you do. Feel things differently than you do. Handle sadness, pain, joy, differently than you do. It doesn't make your way any less valid than mine. If you are a Christian, our anchor remains the same. Jesus is still there, still with us. Still on the Throne.
Change happens, and it's going to until the end of the book of Revelation.
My hope is in Christ Jesus.
In my circumstances today, I don't want a repeat of 2013. I am clinging to my Rock, which is Jesus. My hope is that for you. The unknown is a scary land. But in Christ I don't walk into it alone. As Blackaby wrote this morning as well, Peter was a seeker of sorts for Christ. Once Andrew introduced him to Jesus, Peter was always looking to be with Jesus. He wanted to always be were Jesus was. After the Holy Spirit came wherever Peter was Jesus was there. Wherever I am Jesus is there. If you are a Christian, wherever you are Jesus is there.
Your sadness, my sadness might be different or the same, in Christ, through the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, we will never be alone.
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