Blessed are Those Who Mourn
This is so true.
Actually, as I write that, this verse comes to mind: Every word of God proves true.
It’s just whether or not we’ve experienced it yet.
That full verse in Proverbs 30:5 says, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Ain’t that the truth!
When I have been in sorrowful situations, I have told Jesus my sorrows, and He has comforted me.
One person who inspired me in this way was Katieli Teu, husband of the beautiful Daniella Teu. Kat shared in a video testimony about how after his grandma(?) died (I haven’t watched it in a long time but I watched it over and over in one season of my life), he was at such a loss because he didn’t have his parents or any siblings in his life. It was like his one sense of security in the world was gone. Kat told Jesus, with an ache in his voice, “My grandma just died.” And the Lord met him with such powerful comfort.
It sounds so simple but it has really worked for me in the saddest situations. To tell Jesus in my own simple heart-felt way what happened, and trust that He would comfort me. And He has!
I remember one time I was out hiking and I was overwhelmed with regret over a bad decision I had made earlier that week. I realized how my poor choices caused me to miss out on something special, and it made me so sad.
I remembered how Kat had handled his sorrow and I told Jesus. Shortly after that, I encountered such a nice fluffy dog (I love dogs) and the owner let me hug the dog and cuddle with it for a moment. I really felt like that dog was a God-send!
That day was also special because shortly after that, I went to church at @radianceintl, where I met Kat & Daniella in person for the first time. It was such a God-thing to meet them on the day that Kat’s testimony came back into my mind as the Holy Spirit’s guidance for how to handle the weight within me and receive the Lord’s comfort. The Teus and I talked mostly about the main topic of their video testimony, which was their marriage, and they prayed over me for my future marriage.
And now, I’m married! God is so faithful.
If you need comfort in any way, tell the Lord what is going on. What has made you sad? What happened that hurt you?
I promise you that if you reach out to Him, He will reach back.
One last story: I had a boss with whom I was quite close. He had daughters about my age and I could tell he really cared about me. He encouraged me, celebrated my wins, laughed with me, and made work feel fun. Also, he was consistently innovating and getting new ideas for the business, which was exciting. Working with him, I never knew what was going to happen — in a good way!
When he announced that he was leaving the business and he and his wife were moving out of state, I was so sad.
I went home to an empty house and told Jesus something like, “My boss just quit.” Right then, the room filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit so strong that I literally felt like someone else was with me. Someone who loved me. I felt so comforted. Where I’d felt emptiness at the outlook of not having my boss in my life, I now felt fullness — the fullness of the Lord.
If you’re in need of comfort today, turn to Jesus. As Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” and the same goes for comfort.
“His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).