“Unbearably tragic” — Do those words sometimes describe what you are going through? We might overuse the word tragic. Some teenage girls might call a broken fingernail tragic (some teenage guys are too self-absorbed to see anything as tragic!). Real tragedies are a burned-down house, a daughter’s broken engagement, a son’s near-fatal car accident (all of which my family has experienced).
Without the Lord, I don’t know how anyone deals with the tragedies of life! He is our Rock. He is our Comfort. He is the One who sustains us and gives us peace when life is falling apart around us.
I grew up on the King James Bible and I love the verse which says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee” (Is. 26:3). Please notice:
1. “Perfect peace”: Not a tad of calmness or a trace of tranquility, but perfect peace. Not a peace we manufacture through positive thinking.
2. “whose mind is stayed on Thee”: Focusing on Him instead of our present calamity! Valuing Him above all other matters in life.
3. “because he trusteth in Thee”: Trust is not a once-for-all injection of spiritual adrenaline. My trust in the Lord is tested every day. Sometimes by small matters; occasionally by large, punch-in-the stomach circumstances.
How about you? Right now? Is your life more like a new crayon “lined up in order, bright, and perfect”? Or more like “a bunch of ground-down, rounded, indistinguishable stumps, missing their wrappers and smudged with other colors”? Don’t stand there, immobilized and lamenting your situation. Allow the Lord to paint the picture He wants to paint with the colors that you have. Right now.