In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
1 Peter 1:6 NIV
Grief can manifest itself in our lives in many ways; the loss of a loved one, the loss of a marriage, a friendship, innocence lost, even the loss of a pet or something we cared deeply about.
Grief is a different process for each person. Have you ever judged someone because they were not grieving the way you thought they should? Have you ever been deep in grief, almost paralyzed, and felt guilty for a smile or a giggle, feeling shamed for one moment of joy? It’s okay to grieve differently than others. It’s okay to grieve for longer than someone thinks you should, or deeper than society says is “normal.”
God is our Father who grieves alongside us. God understands loss; after all, his only Son was hated, rejected, and ultimately killed. Only He can give you the strength to stay faithful through your grief, and only He can turn our grief into joy, bring triumph out of tragedy.
Today, rejoice in the knowledge that God is with you and He is powerful enough and understands you enough, to comfort you in this moment. In the opening scripture Peter tells us “for a little while you may have had to suffer grief”. “A little while” can be days, months, or years. Some grief will stay with us for a lifetime, but God will change the level and depth of the pain over time so that your life can still bear fruit and have joy.
What are you grieving for today?
Pray for God to strengthen you and comfort you in your grief. Ask Him to show you your purpose in your situation and be patient for the answer. Pray for God to lift your grief enough to have the strength to act on His divine will.