Sorrow can be overwhelming. Sometimes it renders me helpless because I simply don’t know what to do with the pain. Trials, difficulties, and suffering all seem so unfair. If I could change certain things I would; but then there are certain things I simply can’t change, ever.
The one good thing about sorrow is it’s taught me to love better. God orchestrated this by allowing me to work with other women who are suffering. I’m able to relate to their pain on a deeper level having experienced grief and loss. I’m pretty sure going through my difficulties alone would have turned me inward toward self-pity; or worse yet, bitterness. I’ve seen sorrow wreck people this way and it’s awful.
The good news is there’s a new regime on the way, a heavenly regime:
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
The bad news is we’re still under the old one for now. But we can take comfort knowing when we trust in God, we’re assured that our sorrow and suffering are only temporary.
Can you begin to believe there’s a higher purpose in your pain? If so, try asking God to lead you to those who need to hear your story knowing that “The same God who allows our (your) suffering also showers us (you) with compassion (Lamentations 3:32).”
While you may not be able to change your circumstances right now, your reaction to them might just change all of eternity.
1 – What are some difficult circumstances in my life that I can’t change?
2 – How can I use them (or my story) to help others today?