Life is Pain, Highness

Westley said it best in Princess Bride.  “Life is Pain, Highness.  Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

This past week has been painful for a lot of people.  Of my Facebook friends alone (which is only a tiny slice of the world), a 54 year old mother of a friend passed away suddenly, the 15 month old baby of a friend of a friend drowned, another mother of a friend had a stroke, an uncle of a friend was diagnosed with colon cancer, and I’m sure I’m leaving something out.  It was rough.  It was pain.

So where was God?  Where was He as the 3 grown sons of the 54 year old woman wept over their loss?  Where was He when the mother of the 15 month old baby knelt shattered before a small pink cross, in her grief oblivious to the fact that people were taking her picture and posting it on Facebook?  Where is He as the families of those who are sick grieve over the fact that their loved ones may never be the same and may not be with them much longer?
Where is He?
1.  He is counting, collecting, and recording.  David said, in Psalm 56:8, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.  You have recorded every one.”
2.  He is drawing near to the brokenhearted and rescuing the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
3.  He is with us in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 26:4).
4.  He is turning our mourning into joyful dancing and taking away our clothes of mourning and clothing us with joy (Psalm 30:11).
5.  He is on our side (Psalm 56:9).
I’m not saying life isn’t pain, but I am selling something.  I’m selling the fact that whatever happens to us, if we cling to the truth that He is on our side and we turn TO Him in times of sorrow and not away from Him, then He will be able to exhibit His love for us in amazing ways.  If we turn away from Him, we’ll miss the blessing in the pain.
PRAYER:  Lord, let each child of God grieving today feel Your nearness, Your comfort, Your peace that passes understanding, and Your great love.  Begin the process of turning sorrow to joy. And thank You for being a loving God.
2 Responses to “Life is Pain, Highness”
  1. Ah, the wisdom of Wesley!

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