The list goes on:
- A woman's mom died,
- Someone has been diagnosed with a disease,
- Someone lost their job,
- Someone divorced.
Grief is suffering. Sometimes people are healed of their suffering, but sometimes they learn to live with the perpetual hurt in their heart.
God knows about our pain. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147: 3 (NIV)
He sees every tear we shed. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8 (NIV)
As Christians, we realize that our earthly life brings a lot of horrible happenings, where we may only find bandages for our pain. But we also know there’s great stuff ahead. We are promised that living with God in his Kingdom means we will never again experience sorrow or pain.
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-7 (NIV)
For now we stay close to God, opening our hearts and minds to His healing and comfort. It's better that way.