“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn.’ ” – C.S. Lewis
My heart is heavy this morning. Sometimes you look around and there’s so much pain…the world just isn’t alright. I went to sleep last night super tired after blending lots of fruits and veggies for a lady who just found out she has liver cancer. I remember going to see her earlier in the year when she was recovering from chemotherapy treatment-from breast cancer. She is still the most positive, cheery cancer patient I’ve ever met. When I went to see her she was bopping her head to Joyous Celebration Choir DvDs happy as can be despite the fact that she was having side effects from treatment. Now she is sick again. With a different cancer. She is too weak to begin chemo again yet when we went to see her in hospital, the first thing she said was; “God is so good- despite challenges, he is so good.” Hers is not the first cancer diagnosis I have heard in the past few weeks. A friend of mine also lost a loved one who was in and out of hospital for so long.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” – 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
God made me an optimist and I believe it is one of the greatest gifts he gave me. I am a glass half full person and I often believe the best of situations, of people and of outcomes. This has cushioned me and carried me through some dark times but because of this mind set, I usually have a hard time wrapping my mind around pain and suffering which is reality. I am not a realist. As I go on in life though, I believe that one of the greatest lessons God is teaching me is to embrace pain and difficulty and not to try and seek all the answers. Some things, I think, we will only come to understand when we meet God face to face. Before then, it would help a lot to rest in the fact that he is as merciful as he is sovereign and that he will never give us more than we can bear.
I have learnt also that in the midst of suffering that God comes very close to us and we are able to see him more clearly and receive his comfort and his peace that he says is not fragile.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalms 34:18
Suffering refines us and looking back, many attest to having their lives completely changed through painful ordeals and situations. If you are going through a hard time, know that nothing lasts forever but be sure to draw strength from the truest Source. His grace is more than enough to carry you when you feel you cannot go on. Look to him. Cry to him. Learn his heart but whatever you do, do not lose hope.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4