“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33

We are not our circumstances nor the things we have to deal with in life. People can be the most faithful, the most talented, and do everything right and yet life still comes at you hard.

Jesus doesn’t promise us a trouble free life, but He does promise to stick closer than a brother and to give us somewhere to rest our eyes in the midst of our fear, grief and confusion. He has told us these things so that we may have His peace in the midst of it all.

My life right now is rather peaceful and mundane, but my heart is just breaking for a lot of others I’ve encountered this week who are dealing with some huge struggles, big turmoil, and massive grief.

I had a major breakthrough once when I realized grief is also a form of worship, a sign of love and gratitude. It is so precious to the Lord, He collects our tears in a bottle. We miss the people, places, and the things that had genuine value in our lives. This kind of grief is not to be confused with fear. For many years I met my own grief with fear and anger, and not with gratitude, appreciation, and worship.

These words are easy to say, but far more difficult to live out. So today I am just praying for those who are being tossed about in the waves of life and asking the Lord to draw close to them.