“For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
It was a normal Wednesday. I was at work, and my wife Cait was at a routine check-up. She was 32 weeks pregnant with our third baby boy, Gunner-Jax.
My phone rang. It was Cait.
I was excited, as always, to hear how much Gunner had grown since the last check-up. When I answered, Cait’s voice wasn’t filled with the same joy as she always called with; instead, she was sobbing and said, “They can’t find a heartbeat.”
Our son, who we saw in an ultra-sound 4 days prior, had passed away inside of Cait’s womb.
My world was shattered.
I was expecting to meet my son in 7 weeks.
I was going to hold him. I was going to kiss his little face. I was going to cry tears of joy and thank God for another little miracle to take his place in our family.
There was no preparing for the pain that we experienced.
God actually promises us trial and tribulation in this world because the world we live in is broken by way of sin.
The above verse is a reminder that we mustn’t stay stuck in the pain, but to focus our eyes on the joy that lies ahead.
Yes, our heavenly father tells us to expect suffering, but he also tells us that we will experience no pain, no tears and no more suffering after Jesus returns.
When grief or pain strikes our lives we can easily forget that the story has already ended.
Jesus won and glory is already owned by God.
Sometimes, the shard from a broken heart causes so much pain that you can forget the love of God and that His plan, despite our grief in this world, is all working for a better cause for what will make sense to us in the future.
You may be facing a situation that changed your life in a moment.
Usually, we aren’t able to foresee these moments before they happen. Not knowing when the moment is going to come makes it that much more difficult to bear.
You may be facing financial issues, a divorce, substance abuse, lust, an illness or maybe you can’t find a job.
Today, it may be difficult because in a moment the UNEXPECTED happened, but rest assured that tomorrow you can EXPECT God to use His love in ways we cannot foresee.
So like the verse says, hang on.
Don’t get stuck in the pain or grief.
Instead, fixate your eyes on the love of God and move forward with Him.
Eternal joy is just ahead.