I got together and visited with a dear friend the other day. We may be in very different places regarding our life circumstances, but we both struggle, and we both are pressing in to the Lord, trusting him with our outcomes. She said something very simple yet very profound: “This isn’t forever.” Sweet friend, it certainly seems that way sometimes, that the storm will last forever with no light in sight. However, our God promises that our suffering will only last for a season before he reestablishes us and we see his purpose for our life.
“After your season of suffering, God in all His grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
We see it time and time again in Scripture. Joseph in slavery and then in prison. David, already anointed king, running for his life. Paul, beaten and in prison again and again. Job, having lost everything. Some of their suffering lasted a long time – years actually. But it wasn’t forever. Joseph was elevated to the status of a king, the most powerful man in all of Egypt save the Pharaoh. David, the greatest king of Israel and the ancestor of Christ. Paul’s suffering was eased by death in which he must have fallen into the arms of the Lord he so fervently and boldly served.
So what? Sister, this gives us hope. Even when wave after wave hits you, threatening to drown you, you can rest in the knowledge that the storm won’t last forever. There is a day coming when you will look up and see the sun. You will be able to set your feet on solid ground again. What do you do in the meantime? Like Peter, reach for the hand of Christ. Reach for the one who alone can speak peace into a storm. Ask him to calm the storm. Ask him also to calm the storm inside your heart and to help hold you up until the storm passes. You can do this, friend. With the help of God, you will make it.