Lately it seemed to me as if I ran out of all the luck one person can have. Mishaps, tragedies, and heartbreak. Yes. Life is hard. God knows. My husband knows. They both held me while I cried myself to sleep some nights.
Ravi Zacharias explained in one of his talks that he doesn’t believe women to be more emotional than men. He explained that women may have the ability to connect their brain to their heart faster, but that would be the only difference. Life hits all of us and all of us feel it.
Like the Morning Fog
“… Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14 (NLT)
I remember one night, I woke up from a very vivid dream. I was in a helicopter with a group of people I knew and we were in danger. We had crashed on some rocks in the middle of nowhere, and water started to fill the aircraft. I was working hard with the others at putting it back up so that we would be safe. In my dream, I prayed and had a short, yet deep conversation with God.
“Lord, I’m scared. It’s dangerous.”
God answered, “Remember this is just a one-day event out of a six-month mission.”
“Oh,” I replied, “what is one day in a six months’ period? You’re right Lord. I can do this.”
“Let me ask you this, he continued. If one day is nothing compared to a six months, what is a lifetime in the light of eternity?”
What is a lifetime in the light of eternity? It “is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” I might as well make it count. I might as well keep things in perspective if I want to be able to carry on, even when it seems like hell is breaking loose.
Life is a series of seasons. We should not deny the pain and process, but go through it, and cry it out to God who heals us. We should also not lose perspective that it’s only for a while. Even if that while is until we find ourselves in the presence of God for eternity.
I don’t know much in this life, but I know this. It’s going to be okay. Allow me to say it again, for both me and you: It’s going to be okay! Once it’s all said and done, once you’ve cried all the tears that need to be cried, it’s gonna be okay.
At every turn, God will be there.
“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NLT)
I know this may seem over simplistic, and by no means am I trying to say there is a quick fix for your problems. We both know it’s not true. But cry and cry hard, then wipe them tears and remember this, it’s gonna be okay. And one day, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 1:4 (NLT). Hang in there. It’s not over baby, this too shall pass.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’” Matthew 11:28–29
May you find rest for your soul.
Care to share a testimony? What have you overcame that you wish to encourage someone about?