I encourage everyone to read this post. It is incredible to say the least. It is humbling, and it is comforting.
Through my struggles over the last couple months, I have often wondered why I was begin given so much to handle. Like the saying goes, “Life often tests us by either having everything happen at once, or nothing happening at all.” And that was my life. I would asked, “God, what am I doing wrong? Why are you doing this to me? Haven’t I already suffered enough? Haven’t I already learned this lesson?” Yes, maybe I had. But that does not mean that the trials or lessons stop. And it does not mean that we have to stop leaning on Him.
Our comfort, support, guidance, and peace must come from Him. No, it can only come from Him. I feel an awful lot like the writer of this article. I have always been called strong or tough; my Dad even calls me ‘One tough cookie’. I try to feel strong so I can help others. But on the inside, I am breaking apart. It is when I am broken to my core that I realize how much I’ve needed God. He has to be the one to support us; He is the one that can comfort us.
We will go through painful trials in life. I’m just shy of 20, and I’ve gone through more death, more separation, and more heartbreak than seems fair for a lifetime. Life is not fair, and thankfully, neither is God. Because no matter how many times we’ve screwed up or how broken we are, He is faithful and always says, “Come, child, let me help you.” He forgives like we deserve it, because His son called us worthy. He takes us in like a loving Father comforting a child.
Trials are difficult, and God will always give us a way to stand up under them.Yet the writer points this out,
“But when it comes to pain, trials, heartache, and burdens– not once does it say it won’t be more than we can bear. Instead, it beautifully says this instead: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 28-30)”
God doesn’t promise us Christians a painless life. This world has been full of that since the Fall. Yet He does not leave us helpless, but tells us to come to Him. Because He will take it away, and He alone. Not money, not friends or family, not writing or art, not boyfriends or girlfriends, nor anything our minds can create. Only Christ is our true peace and comfort. And sometimes it is through the trials, the pain,the suffering, and the tears that He makes us stronger; not only for ourselves, but also to be there for others.
Stand strong, but realize that strength comes from Christ. Our pain is heavy, but Christ can bear it and will give us rest.