the heartbreak…of heartbreak…

John 16:20-22 “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.  You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.  A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.    So with you, now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

Have you ever considered that heartbreak is a part of God’s plans for you, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” ? (Jeremiah 29:11)

Sometimes we place a lot of energy into avoiding the hurt when God would have us embrace it.  He wants us to know that He can heal our hurts, even use our hurts for His benefit.  Maybe God wants us to faithfully believe that sometimes the circumstances we think are harming us are actually positive situations God is engineering behind the scenes.

I had to learn to embrace my hurt when my son passed away.  Actually, I had to embrace my hurt when on day three of his life he became sick, and was left with a fragile little body until the age of 15 years!  But God, who is omnipotent, sees the depth of our circumstances and He knows His plans for our lives.  Sometimes we would rather place our faith in avoiding the circumstances, but He calls us to faith in Him during these difficult storms.

Sometimes we need to choose to praise and worship God regardless of our situation.  Why?  Because our daily worship of God is tied to our faith in God.

The end result might not be what we wanted (i.e. Clay’s passing) but rather than respond to my circumstances, I will continue to respond to my Heavenly Father with faith and obedience.