When it comes to dealing with pain and disappointment, are you a stuffer or a feeler? Do you choose to bury the pain and instead shift your focus elsewhere moving on as though nothing happened? Or maybe you’re the latter and you let all the tears flow – whenever and wherever they may come. You feel the pain deeply in your heart, sometimes too deeply.
I’m the former. I’m a stuffer and I’m good at it.
But this year, God has challenged me on this – and it’s not been fun. I haven’t enjoyed working through some of the hard places in my life or feeling the pain of my sin, but slowly, God has shown me the purpose and benefit of feeling the pain of disappointment.
Whether you stuff the pain or feel too much of it, there’s a good balance to be had between the two. There’s a sweet truth tucked into the crevices of ache that can only be birthed from a torn heart.
It’s in these moments that a small, yet piercing, stream of light can be seen between the broken pieces of your heart – hope of something to come.
I recently hurt some important people in my life. It was never my intent to cause pain, but I did, and now the damage is done. As I’ve grieved over my actions, hope is coming more into focus. The hope I’m referring to is the promise of what’s to come for those who believe in Jesus.
In Heaven, all will be right, restored, and redeemed; we will be in perfect union with The Almighty. Pain is a fact of this earth, but in the life to come with Jesus, we will only have restoration. And one of the most beautiful parts of restoration is that we won’t remember the heartache we had from our own sin, the heartache from hurt relationships or the heartache from any disappointments this side of Heaven.
Instead, we’ll see one another in Heaven, and run up to each other and you will say to me, “Can you believe His majesty?!” And I’ll say to you, “Can you believe His glory?!” And we’ll stand in awe of our Heavenly Father and none of it will be about us – it will all be about Him.
Oh, how my heart longs for that day! How I groan for the day we’re all home as a family of believers doing what we were intended to do, which is be in perfect communion with God and to love and experience Him in all purity.
What days those will be!
But in these days full of heartache and disappointment, may that pain be a reminder of our hope: our life to come with Jesus.