Mourning the Past

mourning angel

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4 NIV

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance

Seasons occur when the earth rotates on its axis.  Each part of the earth is affected and experiences different weather conditions depending on its distance from the sun.  As it rotates, the planet goes through physical changes in its environment.  Plants, animals, and the landscape go through changes.  These changes can be temporary or at times permanent.  Species become extinct and the earth’s surface can be marred unrecognizable. 

We also experience this existence as we live our lives.  Our seasons are ever changing and aren’t as predictable as our calendars.  Unfortunately, they at times surprise us, and even when we think we are prepared, render us unrecognizable.  

We often love the seasons of joy and comfort.  When everything is the way it should be, and routines are set in place.  

But, when fractures in our routine happen, life seems off kilter and emotions start to take on a life of their own.  If the changes are permanent, mourning begins to settle for a long winter’s nap.  It defines who we are, and may even become our new comfort. 

How often do we look back wishing life could stay in one season?  

Frozen in time, slowly aging, diverting an unfortunate event, and restoring people whom we love.

Why can’t God fix the pain, sorrow, discontent, and take away events that led us to be someone whom we don’t recognize?

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Our world will provide many times of distress and suffering, but Jesus comforts the weary soul.  

Lamentations 3:31

 For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.

Our God may seem distant, but he will be there listening to our cries.  He is not the author of the pain, he is the healer of the affliction.

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

The current situation we may be in, can not compare to the extraordinary future of our lives in Christ.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

As we walk along our path predestined by our almighty father, taking on the pain afflicted by our world, let us not forget that we are His hands and feet.  Our pain can comfort others and our empathy can save a soul.  Take up our seasons and carry them pointing to the one that saves.  We in the fellowship with Christ, shall never be alone providing hope for a glorious future.  

Grieve not for the Lord our God is with us forevermore.

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