Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. II Corinthians 1: 3-4 (The Holy Bible)
I needed to raise this scripture for our edification again....and again. We need to remember that the Lord is our comforter through every trial, disappointment, loss and the various changes we go through daily. In spite of what you think, The Lord wants to comfort us in every circumstance, not just some. Instead of running to the cookie jar, ice cream parlor or a friend, we should first run to God for comfort. He is there, and He is waiting for us to bring to Him our concerns. Only He, through the blessed Holy Spirit, can truly tell us what is wrong with us (sometimes we don't know!), what we are feeling (sometimes we can't grasp the multitude of emotions running through us) and how to overcome.
I happened on this again through a series of major life changes I embarked upon. I was happy about the changes, struggling through the various tasks I had to accomplish to make the changes - God was with me through it all...yet at the end of it all...I was anxious. My mind was garbled with a bunch of junk and the enemy of our souls, the devil was trying to oppress me with a bunch of mess in my mind. I was rebuking and casting down, but asked the Lord what is going on. I feel alright...everything seems to have settled...what is it Lord? What is bothering me?
Grief. Good Grief.
I am grieving.
The changes I made were necessary, for my good and all that....but the upheavals caused displacement from regular routines. Friends are now being missed. Associates are now not in my company. My living quarters have changed and I am carpooling and feeling dislocated "personally". Loss has occurred and I didn't even recognize that I was grieving the necessary losses (for necessary gains). God is blessing me with new opportunities, associates and old friendships are re-kindled. And yet, the losses of what was is upon me. I needed to take my grief to the Lord. I needed to admit my grief and ask the Lord to heal me in my mind from the fear of the uncertainty of my future.
Yeah...it's a brave new world...a "new normal"...but it doesn't mean that it doesn't hurt when you have to move through these new stages....the trauma, even in good grief, grief caused by positive change can be daunting, painful....
I am grieving. Thank you Lord for telling me that and please help me to give You my grief. Help me to navigate through "new normals": daily routines, new opportunities, the loss of old opportunities and new friendships. I know You are with me wherever I go. Your love is always with me and You so wonderfully care for me. Be my comforter...in my spirit, soul and mind. Rebuke the enemy and bless me with a greater sense of Your presence and comfort. I love you and I know YOU love me.
God of all comfort...here I am. Love you Jesus.