For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
We all go through hardships and struggles in this life. Christian or not, we will all experience troubles and sorrow in this life. Jesus never promised that following him would absolve us of our problems.
I don’t want to ever tell the myth that being a Christian will be the fix-all to all your problems. But I can promise you that God will be right with you through them. It is safe to say that the past year has been tough on us all. The current state of this world has affected us all in some way shape or form, myself included. It’s been almost a year since I had to face the toughest loss I’ve had to experience in life and it is through that sorrow, that I experienced just who Jesus is.
I cried and have no memories of some days because I was that deep in my grief. I would be fine one minute then sobbing the next. I did not try to hide my pain but let myself feel every bit of it because I knew I was not alone. I knew that God was still holding me close in my sorrow. I felt His presence through the pain. I believed that His strength would come through in my weakness.
That is why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions. And troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10
It wasn’t until 8 months later until I was able to see how His strength would be revealed. It was here I was suffering another loss. In watching my cousins struggle with their grief, I recognized myself and my own emotions. Here I was in sorrow with them but I was also at peace. A peace I felt because I knew just as the Lord held me before, He was going to keep me close to Him and carry me through. Not just myself, He would carry my family too. I could with my whole heart promise that though we were going through a painful loss, we were going to be okay.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. – 2 Corinthians 1:4
That verse is what came to me when my Aunt passed and gave me the strength to be there for my mom and cousins. I knew that as we cried, Jesus cried with us. I knew that as we hurt, the Lord hurt with us. The Lord shows us compassion in our suffering and will never abandon us in our times of need. I still am grieving for my brother, as well as the cousins and my aunt I lost this past year. I wish I could discuss it more with you to share about the wonderful people they are and how knowing them made me who I am now. But even as I write this, tears are streaming down my face because the pain is still there and that’s ok. The Lord is still with me in the sorrow and I know He will also be with me in the joy. He sent the Holy Spirit to us so that we can always experience His love and presence.
So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. – John 16:22
So I pray that whenever you are hurting, remember that Your Father is with you all that time and that you may feel His arms wrapped around you and peace in your heart from knowing Him. His love surpasses anything we can fathom and will carry you through.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. – John 16:33b