“What doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.”
“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.”
“It’s all going to be okay.”
Who hasn’t told a friend, a family member in need something similar? Maybe you’ve uttered these exact words. Maybe someone has said it to you, and you rolled your eyes. Guilty.
We’ve all said things like this because we want to help. We hate seeing people we care about in pain. We want to be supportive. We want to help.
I have friends right now who are having a rough time in life. I mean, like hurricane force rough. As soon as they find a bit of calm, from out of nowhere they are smashed up against the rocks again. Their spirits are battered and beaten. And, it just might get worse before it gets better.
But I don’t know, maybe this storm will make you weaker. And God doesn’t actually give us pain to endure, does he? And I don’t know if it’s all going to be okay, really.
So, what do I know?
I know I can’t make it better with words. I’ll try not to give unsolicited advice. But I will listen and pass the Kleenex. I will tell you not to make hasty decisions while crying, and I’ll hand you more Kleenex.
I’ll tell you to have faith that it will all work out. We both know it probably won’t work out the way you want it to. Life almost never does.
I know this rough, really hard storm in life will not last forever. It may feel like it. Knowing that it won’t last forever doesn’t make it easier, but it helps to keep pushing us forward through the eye of the storm. That’s really all we can do…keep moving forward.