Tears- life is filled with tears, our children are born crying and when our loved one end life on this earth, we mourn them with tears. The bible tells us time and again that we will suffer, we will have trials and we will have tribulation. It is a fact, it will happen and it seems that we had better find a haven that will shelter us as we navigate the storm filled waters of this journey.
The verse that snagged me and drew me in this morning was Psalm 84: 5-7. It is beautiful and relevant.
I think that it is a symbolic reference and gently reminds us of the burdens we will (not might) carry as we journey to meet God. We know that burdens and travel through desolation always go before triumph and are in fact, part of our pilgrimage. It would seem that we would see the comfort in the fact that we are not the only ones to suffer but somehow that does not make it easier to navigate through our personal embattled road.
What does give me some comfort is that we can be certain that by making this voyage we will experience the faithfulness of our God. We can be positive that this journey is pre-determined, leads us in the right direction and has a beautiful, wondrous and glorious destination. We are all familiar with the ever popular quote that “ it is the journey that counts, not the destination”, nowhere does it mean more than this journey of life.
Mark Talbot says it quite eloquently,” it is stifling when we lose perspective during suffering; it is like forgetting to breathe.” He goes on to remind us to “breathe in the word that God has breathed out for us.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The bible is chock full of suffering, it seems God’s people never enjoyed the freedom from suffering. This is what Mark Talbot says Job needed to hear after he accused God of keeping him from catching his breath, “Breathe! Don’t panic! Slow yourself down! Don’t take everything to be as it seems. And don’t irrationally conclude that things will never get better.”
So carry on and go from “strength to strength” moving towards the courts of the Lord with obedience in our actions and reactions in response to scripture, to gain faith and wisdom and finally gain the crown of life.
That seems like good advice for us also, breathe out our grief, our cries and wailings and linger in this still place, move towards the light and breathe in His grace.
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[a]
7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
Dottie ……………..who is thanking God for the journey.