We seem to have had a season of sadness and loss, grief and suffering. At times like this, we often struggle to understand why all these things have happened. Is it our fault? Are we being punished? Why has God allowed these things to happen? Doesn’t He care?
At times, we pray and pray, and then we pray more, asking God for answers; perhaps we ask Him for healing, and it doesn’t come; perhaps we ask Him for some relief from our suffering, but it just gets worse.
At times like these, our faith can falter, as we ask, “where is God?” or even, “is there a God?”
But, you know, after the deepest, darkest night, there is always a dawn; after the fiercest, strongest storm, there is always a rainbow.
After the deepest, darkest night, there is always a dawn.
Everything has its season; and seasons come, and seasons go. I love this passage from Ecclesiastes – a time for everything:
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.
God never promised you a rose garden; He has always said that there would be times of struggling, times of suffering, times of sadness, times of loss, times of grief. But He also said that these times are a season, which passes by in time. Better times will come: there will be a season of dancing, of joy, and of peace.
The Lord hears people when they call to Him for help.
May you, today, know that your heavenly Father hears you when you call to Him for help; may you know that your suffering is but for a season; may you know that there will be, again, a time for dancing, for laughter, and a time of peace in your heart and your mind. In Jesus’ name; Amen.