Pain. “Knowing the Lord and His comfort does not take away the ache; instead, it supports you in the middle of the ache.” Dr. Larry Crabb (p. 5 Season of Grief)
Yes! This is so true. Just today I told my friend Denise that I kept telling myself how blessed I was to have had 43 years with a wonderful mom, BUT that didn’t take away the pain I felt in losing her.
I keep trying to over justify my pain and sadness. I can try to combat my overwhelming grief with telling myself how lucky I was to even have had a mom that was so caring, loving, and there for me. I know I was blessed. And I’m so grateful. But that doesn’t ease the pain.
That’s why I relate to Dr. Larry Crabb’s statement. Knowing God has not taken away one bit of my pain in losing Mom. But it has helped me sleep at night.
Knowing God has given me comfort. Peace. Contentment. Hope.
In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that “In this world you will have trouble..” And we do….have trouble. It should be no surprise. But then He goes on to say, “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” Overcome = defeat, conquer, beat, win against. So, I can find support in the middle of my ache. Right? Right! Not only support. But I can trust that my Jesus has conquered any trouble, pain, or fear that I am facing. I then can release it and trust Him. I may still ache, but I can find peace. And I have.
Are you in pain? Do you struggle with the imperfections of this world? Are you feeling hopeless?
What exactly does knowing God do for you?