If you have lived any time at all, you already know that in this life bad things happen. No matter who you are, or where you live, or what you do, at some point pain and heartache will touch your life. Whether you are rich or poor, young or old, male or female, you are not exempt from this thing we call life.
Sometimes days are just hard. The heartache that comes seems unbearable. The loved ones we lose unexpectedly, the child who is raped, the person who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the family member who becomes addicted and either ends in up prison or dead–we are surrounded by crises and tragedies.
If you haven’t had those days yet, you will. The days when you are naked in the shower curled in a fetal position with tears streaming down your face as you cry out to God, wondering how your life will ever be the same after this heartbreak. The days when you are immobilized by depression because the pain of staying behind after your loved ones are killed in a tragic accident is too much to bear. The days when the anger of having a child who was sexually abused overwhelms all other emotions. The days you cannot hold your head up and face the world because of the shame and burden of having a child imprisoned. There are people I love who have experienced all of these things.
Life is hard. Being a Christian isn’t a magic shield that protects you from heartache and pain. But there is hope, no matter how bleak the day, no matter how hard the recovery–we can start each day new, with the promise of healing within our reach. The scars may always be there as a testament to the wound we bear, and sometimes we may come out with a chronic limp but we can overcome.
I love the verse in John 15:33 in the Amplified Bible version: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world. [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” We will have trials and troubles and suffering, but with Christ at our side we can look forward to heaven someday. Where there is no pain, no death, no crying, only joy in the presence of our Savior.
I listened to the song “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” by Danny Gokey today, and it was very timely for me. During this week alone, I have friends who tragically lost loved ones, friends who found their father has advanced cancer, family that has been impacted by addictions, and countless loved ones who are dealing with loneliness, isolation, doubt and fear. What a great song to remind us that there is hope and we can have new beginnings!
For additional Bible verses, read Psalm 30.