If you have been a Christian for very long, you have trudged through some type of desert for a season. God knows, there have been many things that needed to be mourned, just not for years and years. I have to wonder how many times, I’ve grieved over things that did not need to be mourned. All of us at some point found ourselves singing a praise song in the sanctuary that we knew to be true; but we were so heavily burdened over our circumstances; we kept our head down so that our face would not reveal our countenance.
God knows every human emotion you will ever feel. He made us to express our feelings. He keeps our tears in a bottle, so there is no need to hide a broken heart. He longs for us to express our true feelings to Him, because He knows them anyway. Pour out your heart to Him. He will always listen, and He will always understand.
When my mom died, waves of grief pummeled my body. For the first year, I would find myself crying at the strangest times. We live in a fallen world and we cannot edit out the hard stuff. Christians and non-Christians need to know how you survived your times of deep sorrow.
Almost every Biblical character endured some sort of hardship or sadness. God spared no details regarding what they endured in His Word, so why do we think we should have a life without any pain or suffering.? He said, “In this world, you will have tribulation but do not be afraid, for I have overcome the world.” God’s throne room is a safe place to store all our tear-stained stuff. Deep sorrow causes us to commune with our God more deeply. Lisa Harper says, “Authentic joy is often forged in the kiln of ache.”
Tell God all about any heartache or heart break. He will give you beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair.