Navigating life, and finding some peace, when things get painful, confusing or complicated
Posted in , Jul 20, 2016
I was in a church recently where there was a large crucifix. I stared at it a while, puzzling through a problem I’ve been facing. I listened to the thoughts scampering about through my brain, and realized that when life gets incredibly painful or complicated or seemingly impossible to navigate, funny little links glom on between things that are true and things that I merely want to be true.
I spent a while mentally crossing out the odd, wishful add-ons. For example:
If we stick to the pure truth of the matter, it’s simple: Jesus died on the cross for my sins. There will indeed be a time when I will no longer suffer, when I am always happy, when nothing bad will ever happen again, when what comes next is forever known, and all problems are past.
But that isn’t today. For today I am asked to be content with the knowledge and love of the Lord, the forgiveness of my sins, the grace to live out what I believe, and the promise of life everlasting. That’s enough.