There are some seasons in life that are more painful than others. Those are the seasons where we want to draw the blinds, retreat to our dark corners of the house and fight the battle ourselves.
But, God reminds us that we are not alone, that we don't have to go through this valley by ourselves and that the pain we are feeling today is only temporary.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
You see, the beauty of being Christ-followers is knowing that through the pain and suffering, we can have peace and rest. Although there is chaos going around us, we can find peace because we have seen the miracles that God has done in our lives before and He will do those same miracles again.
One of our favorite songs by Elevation Worship is called, "Do It Again." In the lyrics, it reminds us that:
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I'm still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
God is an awesome God. He is greater than our fears, our failures, our hurts and our disappointments. He has been faithful to us with His promises, which means that if we keep on surrendering ourselves to Him, our suffering will actually become our testimony. Our pain becomes our victory. It's a reminder that God is using that pain for His glory.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)
We totally get it. It's hard to imagine that it's possible to feel joy and peace when going through difficulties, but hear us out.
Some of our sufferings are self-inflicted and out of defiance; God gave us freewill, after all. But some trials are to sharpen us so we will cling to His word and seek Jesus instead of lean on our own understanding. He puts us through these situations because He loves us and wants us to find our strength and peace in Him.
"Endure hardship as discipline, God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?" (Hebrews 12:7)
The peace that we find in Him is our anchor. He gives us shelter in the stormy weather and reminds us of His goodness as we praise His name.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
(2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
Although it might seem like our struggles are going to last forever or we can't seem to catch a break, remember that it's just for a season and the things God is working through us are for our benefit and for His glory. He is renewing us every day so that we can sing His praises even when we're deep in the valleys.
So, maybe you're feeling cast down or anxious today, this week, this month, this year – invite God to work in you and pray for His peace over your situation. Turn on some praise and worship and surrender everything to Him. Allow Him to take control and use your pain as a living testimony of His goodness. He promises that you'll see Him move those mountains in front of you, just like He has done before.