There are some moments in life that are going to really really really hurt.
And I don’t just mean hurt like that moment when you break your freshly manicured nail, or when your favorite garment is destroyed by a negligent attendant at the dry cleaners. I’m talking about a moment more gut wrenching than breaking up with a lover, or having a heated argument with a friend that forces you into ‘silent treatment’ mode. If you are even remotely meticulous or sensitive – you know how excruciating each of those examples can be. But this pain is deeper.
My friend, I am talking about the moments in life when things get so dark… so bleak… so heavy… so confusing… so…bad… that the only thing you will able to do is crumble cry. I am talking about moments when you will actually hear and feel your heart break and ricochet against your chest cavity. There are points along this walk where you will get tired of being the strong one. You will get tired of being brave and keeping on a stern and convincing poker face. You will get tired of being the leaning post for everyone, and all you will want to do is drop everything and let yourself have a moment of weakness. I’ve been there. (And truthfully, in some ways, I am there)… It is inevitable. The promise of life is that there will be some bountiful, beautiful, rolling hills…. and conversely, there will be some deep, dark, scary, seemingly eternal valleys. We must experience both – and there is no way around it. Because, lets be honest… We would never EVER truly appreciate sunny days if we had not longed for them during the rainy ones. I can remember being a little girl, and the devastation I would feel sitting at the window while it rained. It wasn’t that there weren’t fun things to do inside, but I wanted SUNSHINE! But on the days when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, chances are I would never truly be grateful… until, of course, the next time it rained. And such is the cycle of our life. WE love the sunshine when it rains – but we forget that RAIN MAY NOT BE FUN, BUT IT’S FUNDAMENTAL! We need it, even though it’s inconvenient and messy.
BUT! I came across a scripture that reminds me of the temporal nature of these painful moments, and it helped me to remember why resilience is key.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
You may face a lot of things in life, but as a child of God you will NEVER face destruction. Yes you will be hurt. Yes you will suffer. Yes you will cry. But you know what else you will do… you will triumph in ways that will blow your natural mind. Focus your sights on things above, and do your best to work through the bad days. There is a miracle coming your way that will make every tear, every rain drop and every painful moment ALL worth it!
It’s raining now, but Here’s the Truth: Your sun is about to shine.