Songs can so minister to us in pain. There are a few songs that I will forever identify with this season, helping me wash through grief and sift all the emotion of my broken heart. One of these has been How He Loves by the David Crowder Band and one portion in particular:
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all
This life can dish out excruciating wounds from loss and brokenness and diagnoses. All month we’ve looked at how to brave this kind of brokenness.
- We’ve seen that, despite the pain, when we realize we’re helplessly dependent on God, we’re in a good place. We’ve looked at taking steps through the brokenness by daily exchanging our thoughts for God’s thoughts, by journaling, by practicing gratitude and having eyes to see the good that God has for us here.
- We’ve looked at the solid hope God promises and the pockets of joy He gives right in the midst of the hard. We’ve seen that suffering refines us and forever etches lessons we would not have understood on the sunny days.
- We’ve seen that suffering helps us hold this life – as precious as it is – more loosely because it crystallizes the truth that this world is not our home.
If we ever thought we could control all of life’s outcomes through just the right choices and just the right planning, trials and suffering remove that veil and prove we are not in control. No one is immune from pain. No one gets a pass.
Our expectations will help chart the course of how we walk through the hard when it does come.
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If I consider myself entitled to the good life — comfort, a good living, health and ease – then suffering will not only stun but will likely leave fragments of bitterness, anger, unbelief.
If, on the other hand, I understand that this world is broken and that God will not shield me from suffering but will be with me in it, I may be stunned, but I will see much of God as I walk toward healing.
And if I understand that as a follower of Christ my life is not about me, I will see that all of life – the beautiful, the hard, the waiting, the fulfilling, the routine, the extraordinary – is for the glory of God.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17
Perhaps this seems a hard verse. My troubles are not light, you might say and you are probably right. But, as excruciating as the trials and suffering of this life are, they are incomparable to the glory that awaits in eternity.
This glory exceeds description. It is in Greek “huperbole eis huperbole” – superlatively surpassing to an excessiveness beyond measure.
It doesn’t mean we don’t feel real pain or suffer deep loss. Yes, absolutely. But we have hope. This is not the end. Our hope is in eternity with an all-surpassing glory.
Our hope. There will be a day when we will be unaware of these afflictions that have been eclipsed by glory. Oh, how deep His affection for us. How he loves us so.
We’ve arrived at the end of this 31 Day journey of Braving the Broken. Thank you for joining me. No one asks for this kind of journey, but I pray that we will mine every bit of what God has for us in it and will dig down deep into our relationship with Him. Thank you, friend for reading, for commenting, for sharing.
What have you learned as you have navigated the hard? Is there a song that has specially ministered to you? I’d love for you to share with us.
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