It’s great when things are going well and all feels good in your world but, without doubt, life chucks curveballs with monotonous regularity too. So is there hope in darker times when the black dog is howling?
The answer is of course yes – but not always in the way we might expect. When we hit the rough road, we can be tempted to assume that things will get better if only we could fix our circumstances. But if things don’t change, it just gives us more reason to feel down, frustrated or hopeless.
Or we can take on board social pressure to just ‘cheer up’ or ‘fake it till you make it’; but we know inside that we’re not being true to the way we really feel.
The thing with Jesus was that he was a realist – he knew we’d be going through the wringer at times, but instead of saying, “If you believe in me I’ll take all your troubles away,” he said,
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Gospel of John 16:33
See, that last bit is the crucial bit – Jesus gives us the power, strength and hope we need to get us through the troubles of this life. He is with us, comforting us, carrying us and rallying for us before God.
The time will come when there will be no more sorrow. The bible says, in the book of Revelation, that:
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
We loved this song – Teardrop Bullets – by the awesome and relatively unknown Sleepers Guilt, a melodic death metal band from Luxembourg. They capture the explosive pain of what it can be like to be consumed by sadness, with lyrics like, “the hurt in my eyes consumes every thought.”
As Christians, we may not have lives free of sadness, but we do have hope. And we wait for the day when the pain of all our tears will be wiped from our eyes. Meanwhile, God knows about our pain; he sees it and feels it with us. In the Psalms (58:8) it says that God makes a note of all our troubles and captures every tear we cry. How awesome is that? Not one tear shed, or heart shattered goes unnoticed. You are seen and you are loved.