If you’re ever looking to be happy, or to stay happy, don’t ever turn on the news. Don’t bother going outside and surveying the world around you. If you never want to be hurt then don’t worry about investing into other people’s lives. The truth of the matter is that life contains hurts, sorrows, and tragedies.
Such things are as common to man as rain is to thunderstorms. We know that storms do not approach the horizons every day but we do notice that they come, even unexpectedly at times. Spring is brought on by the dead of Winter giving way. Rain is necessary to bring back to life that which has passed. The summer months certainly maintain a level of life as the rains balance the blazing heat with the cool of their touch. Fall then approaches and we’re treated to a splendid sight of vastly differing color as the leaves slowly die. As necessary as the seasons are, I would argue that our pains may be just necessary as well.
Dealing with difficulties and trials open our eyes to who, and what, we rely on. Amidst our pain we find ourselves forced to deal with the reality around us. Who do we turn to? What do we turn to? Do we run to our loved ones? Do we turn isolation? Does food comfort us? Whatever it may be, we all have our sources of comfort.
King David’s source of comfort amongst horrendous difficulty was the Lord.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom should I be afraid?
When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh,
my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.
Though an army deploys against me,
my heart is not afraid;
though a war breaks out against me,
still, I am confident.
I have asked one thing from the Lord;
it is what I desire:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
gazing on the beauty of the Lord
and seeking Him in His temple.
For He will conceal me in His shelter
in the day of adversity;
He will hide me under the cover of His tent;
He will set me high on a rock.
Then my head will be high
above my enemies around me;
I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy.
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Lord, hear my voice when I call;
be gracious to me and answer me.
My heart says this about You,
“You are to seek My face.”
Lord, I will seek Your face.
Do not hide Your face from me;
do not turn Your servant away in anger.
You have been my helper;
do not leave me or abandon me,
God of my salvation.
Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord cares for me.
Because of my adversaries,
show me Your way, Lord,
and lead me on a level path.
Do not give me over to the will of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and courageous.
Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27
Your pain and my pain is not worthless. It is ultimately working in us to do good if we allow it. Do what David did and turn your eyes to the goodness and faithfulness of God. You may not feel like it but the Lord wants to move in your heart. He wants you to know that He loves you. He wants you to know that He can be trusted. Your pain is not His fault but He wants to use it to bring you to Him.
Trust that He loves you. If you’re suffering because you’ve sinned, ask for forgiveness. If you’re suffering because someone sinned against you, be quick to forgive as you are forgiven. If you don’t know why you’re suffering, turn to the Lord and let Him be a comfort to your weary soul.
His love for you is beyond any word. You are not alone.