When I think of Grief and the symptoms associated with it, I think of Paul in the Bible. In 2 Corinthians Paul often speaks of having a thorn in his flesh. The thorn was causing him a lot of pain. He could not understand why God would allow him to endure such agony. Paul describes the thorn as torment and a messenger of Satan. He pleaded with God to remove the thorn but God would not. I often refer to grief as a thorn in the flesh. Although not a messenger from Satan, it’s painful. It’s uncomfortable and it causes a lot of fear. We plead with God just as Paul did to make it go away. To make the pain go away but he can not. There is no way around the grief our hearts feel. We can’t escape it. We can’t pray it away and we can’t wish our loved ones back.
It’s something that we have to face whether we want to or not. One thing that I have realized on my journey is that God will not remove it but he will definitely help us get through it. He will help us endure the sadness, the anxiety, the depression and the fear. He comfort our hearts and let us know that we are not alone. He becomes our Lily in the Valley and that Bright and Morning Star that somehow leads us out of the darkness and brings us to the light again. Grief is a dark place, Right!? He redirects our negative thoughts and gets us back on track again. God reminds us just as he did Paul that his ” Grace is Sufficient for his strength is made perfect in our weakness. ” What an awesome God!
See Paul understood that being a believer, a follower of Christ that he would have to endure some insults, some hardships, persecutions and some tragic losses. Paul knew that he had to take the bitter with the sweet and the good with the bad. We too must understand like Paul that life will not always be pleasing. There will be things that shake our faith, that will make us doubt God and the promises and at times leave us questioning our very existence but I am encouraged because I know that God would not put more on me than I could bear. I’m encouraged because I know that he is with me always, even in the pit ( the dark and lonely times ). In John 16:33 God tells us that in this life we will have tribulations but be of good cheer because he has overcome the world. I am encouraged because he Overcame and now I can Overcome and so can you !