“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon
Pain. Heartache. Suffering. We loathe those words, for we all know the weight they carry. Everyone has suffered loss, everyone has been in pain, and everyone knows what it is to feel your heart ripping out of your chest…
There have been nights where I cried myself to sleep…Some days were filled with extreme loneliness…Depression and fear have consumed me in years that I wish I could get back…I’ve been tossed and turned around in this wild ride called life. Trust me, I get it. That pain that stabs in the back of your soul isn’t you going crazy, it’s you being a broken human in a fallen world.
Where is God in all of the pain? This question is often discussed in churches and in Bible studies, often shrugged of by saying, “Well, even so, God is good. The end.” Yes. This is true. However, are we leaving something out? Does Paul simply shrug and smile, accepting his fate? Let’s take a look:
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“So we’re not giving up…” There it is. Not only does he say that God is making things new, acknowledging that God is good, but he takes things a step further: we have hope for better things to come!
Not only is God good, but He is also giving us grace to get through the heartache of today, creating a better future for us beyond our present pain.
God’s grace is with you, whether it be in the light of day or the dark of night. You’re not alone in your pain. We’re all going to experience heartache, yet even so, we are all called into a better future.
If you’re hurting tonight, know that you always have hope. Better days will come and the sun will shine again. Keep hoping and believing in better days ahead.