You heard me (read me?). Actually, you heard Jesus. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted"-Matthew 5:4. The Sermon on the Mount has always been one of those areas in scripture that leave me with my jaw on the floor. So much of what Jesus is saying goes completely against what the world says; like the statement above.
We have all had dream busters. Maybe you lost your job, found out you can't have children, lost a daughter/son/father/mother, found out you have a terminal illness, lost all your possessions in a fire...and the list goes on. Can you imagine that this is where Jesus says you can find comfort, contentment, and blessing? We don't choose dream busters and we don't invite them. They happen. No one is exempt from them. But to see it as a blessing? So read it this way:
I have found that at the end of me there is singing and rejoicing. I have found that these dream busters are what often change me from the inside and allow me to see the world through Christ's perspective. I've learned to welcome hardship as an opportunity for blessing.
Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people]. Be miserable and grieve and weep [over your sin]. Let your [foolish] laughter be turned to mourning and your [reckless] joy to gloom. Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose].
So let me promise you this...although you will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you will NEVER walk alone.
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!