How heavenly life would be if nothing ever hurt, crumbled, caused despair, or confusion? One day, the Lord promises. However, right now the world reality is very real and tiresome at times. Though, as God stands before us, we must learn to give it all away to Him. Not only our praise in triumph, but our sorrow in the tragedies. David once began a statement with, “Who am I, and what is my life,” (1 Samuel 18:18a), who are we, and what is our life? We are created and purposed for the will and the joy of the Father, and our life is His; as Jesus said, “I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one,” (John 17:23a). As we tread through the mud we show the world the stamp on our life – Love (made perfect through Christ Jesus). If we take all of our burdens and pains and pile them on our shoulders, how will we then have the strength to move, the room to carry another, the lightness to lift a friend? Cast your cares at the feet of the cross, cast them at the feet of the King, who promises refreshment and refuge. There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3), but do not miss precious and useful moments in time, buried in things that God is wanting to take from you, carry for you, and work out for you. Let the Lord delight in the rawness of your prayers, for He already knows, so open up and lay it down, then let the might of God go to work; as you press on in joy, and with the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Further, fellowship. The times I have spent with others has brought me encouragement; and some times needed correction, and in togetherness we recognize we all cry and ache. You are not alone.
“The Lord your God in your midst; The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing,” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV.