“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” Revelation 21:4 (NET)
How do you cope with the loss of a loved one? Do you blame God for your pain and run away, or do you run to Him for comfort? You can take comfort if you remember that this life is temporary and you will see your loved ones again. But yet, the loss can feel so devastating that it sends us running instead.
What do I mean by running? Leaving God behind to find a different source of comfort is what I mean. Being a runner myself, I know the routine. When bad things happen, I get so mad at God that I decide living without Him is better. Wrong! Trying to find comfort outside of the realm of God leaves us unsatisfied and empty. We not only don’t find comfort, but we also find ourselves wrapped up in unhealthy relationships, hanging out in the wrong places, and possibly, trapped in the middle of some addiction.
The consequences we accumulate from running are why it is essential to keep our eyes on things above. Especially since the best comfort and healing come from God. I thank God that He understands how much we hurt when we lose someone. We can raise our arms to Him and describe every emotion we are feeling from the loss. We can openly tell Him how we feel about the situation because God already knows our feelings. We are not hiding anything from Him by not admitting it. Not facing the pain and not giving it over to God will cause us to run.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until we are in the kingdom, where God will wipe away our tears, and death shall be no more. Until then, let’s keep taking our pain to God in prayer.