Acceptance Of Sorrow
In the core experiences of every human life, there are shades of sorrow. It can stem from the loss of a dream, the end of an era, or the loss of a loved one. We have a natural tendency to want to avoid it instead of seeking it out; however when we do encounter sorrow, it can be an amazing opportunity for focus and reflection. You may spend your time searching for comfort, but don’t run from it when it appears in your life. Instead, think of the way God uses sorrow and how it reshape your perspective; use it as a tool.
We often want to believe that God seeks to make us happy, but that’s not the case. God’s goal is to mold and grow us so that we can be more like Him. God uses a number of tools to teach us, and sometimes that tool is sorrow. In 1 Peter 4:19, Scripture tells us:
“So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you”. (4:19, NLT)
God promises to be close to us, to protect us, and that He will never leave us. However, God does not promise a constant stream of happiness in our lives. The Lord knows that when we experience sorrow, we rely on Him for our security. It is, in fact, a sign that God is actively working on you.
Moreover, it and joy go hand in hand. Without understanding suffering, we would have no way of know what real joy feels like. My grandmother raised me for part of my childhood and was a calming and nurturing presence in my young life. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was around nine, and she was in so much pain; she lost her hair, was always sick to her stomach, and soon needed constant care. The day that she passed, my heart ached and I wished I could have hugged her one more time! Then I remembered her smile in the hospital and a wave of peace rushed over me; I knew that she was safe and no longer in pain. The fact that she was with her Lord gave me true joy even in the sadness.
We never expect to encounter sorrow, and we spend a lot of time trying to avoid it. However, God uses all things for His glory, including the suffering we experience during a difficult time. God knows that it can focus us and put the most important things into perspective. And it is because of this perspective that it is often the bitter, that highlights the sweet things of life. Every time that we experience sorrow in our lives, we have an opportunity to build character, perseverance, and integrity. It may not feel good at the moment, but God knows that when we rely on Him for our strength, we are moving forward on the journey that He has planned for us.
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