Drawing Closer to God Through Disappointment
Tears are part of what it means to be human. But to lament is Christian. It is a prayer of faith for the journey between a hard life and God’s goodness.Mark Vroegop
from Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy
As I write this, the entire world continues to navigate the “new normal” of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. COVID-19 wreaks havoc in faraway countries, domestic metro areas, and even here in Northwest Ohio. It’s no longer news to hear of cancelled or postponed graduation ceremonies, sports seasons, spring weddings, or even funerals. So many of us are facing tough work decisions, grocery shopping challenges, relationship connection difficulties, home education problems—and all of it brings great uncertainty and financial instability.
CPC is no exception. We had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 34th Annual Spring Benefit. As of today, we’re performing only pregnancy tests and ultrasounds in person. We’ve just re-opened our STI services in Bryan. “Business as usual” for us is anything but!
However, in all of the uncertainty, we do not despair. As Believers, we trust in God’s sovereignty and goodness understanding He is what is best; He gives what is best; He controls all things according to His plan. COVID-19 is no surprise to Him. Moreover, He providentially allows all things to happen for a reason. Knowing God’s good character and His lovingkindness doesn’t remove the hardship and difficulties; He never said it would. Jesus tells us, in fact, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
As a Christian, it’s always wise to view life issues from a biblical perspective. We never want to minimize the challenges we face nor overemphasize them without putting them in context. The reality of our hardships is real, so we neither pretend their illegitimacy nor ignore them. Instead, we take our dissatisfaction to God.
The Psalms are filled with such examples—Psalms 12, 13, 22, 44, or 86, for example. Filled with requests for help from God, affirmations of trust in Him, and vows to bring praise to God, the Psalms show us how to take our troubles and frustrations and fears to God.
Mark Vroegop explains it like this: “Christians never complain just to complain. Instead, we bring our complaints to the Lord for the purpose of moving us toward Him.”
My prayer, then, as we all face disappointments in the wake of COVID-19, is that through it all, we will bring our heartaches to God and that in the end, we will all draw closer to Him in the process. “To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18b).
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