This afternoon I will attend a funeral and this evening I will go to a visitation. Many people I know and love in the last few weeks have lost a loved one, and their loss renews the pain of the loss of my Dad earlier this year. Sometimes when you see so much loss, it’s natural to wonder why God allows suffering and pain. On my drive in this morning, I heard a commentary on The Gift of Pain. I’ve highlighted it if you would like to read it for yourself. I was reminded of the Scripture, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) I was also reminded that His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).
It’s hard to believe that pain can be a gift. I recently lost a dear friend whose battle with cancer is over. Another friend has now beaten her battle, but has a brother who is now battling cancer. Another dear friend is currently fighting stage 4 cancer. There’s a lot of suffering out there – why? And then I heard the song on the radio, Blessings by Laura Story.
‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?
We don’t know the plans the Lord has for us. But we do know that no matter what comes our way, we have His promise. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut 31:6)