In today’s scripture, we are reminded that the source of comfort and strength is that which some call “God.”
They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.
Isaiah 40: 30-31
The human condition is hard. No matter who we are, we experience suffering, challenge, difficulties, loss, death, betrayal, loneliness, sorrow. These are the pits and valleys of the human condition. No one is exempt from the “negative” experiences of being human….regardless of our virtue or our good deeds. Bad things happen to good people and bad things happen to “bad” people. It is not because of some sort of Divine retribution or punishment for our “sins” or the “sins” of our parents that we suffer. If we are going to be human, it is simply part of the deal. As all of our greatest spiritual teachers (like Isaiah above) knew and taught, however, there is a comforting balm, a source of strength and inspiration in helping us deal with the challenges of being human. This source of comfort, some would call “God.”
Turning to God
In today’s reading from the Hebrew scriptures, Isaiah reminds us that God is the source of comfort, healing and strength as we face the challenges of the human condition. While God may not remove the challenge, turning to God in humble prayer helps us to find the strength to move through the challenge, the resources of human support we need to weather the storm and the inner peace and contentment we need to see beyond the struggle to the promise of new life. Turning to God may also help us to see our challenges from a wider perspective – opening us to see the opportunities for growth, reconciliation, forgiveness, love, mercy, generosity, humility, etc. within that which we might perceive as a burden. In this way, God lightens our load, eases our burden, heals our hearts. And the best news is that WE don’t have to “do anything” to fix, remedy, change the struggle, for when we remember to turn to God, God is the one “doing” something about it. We need simply rest in God’s loving arms and allow the Divine Source of love, comfort and peace carry us through what is sure to be a temporary blip in the roadmap of life.
So, next time you are facing the struggles of the human condition….Go to God. Turn it over to God. Engage your favorite form of meditation, prayer, contemplation and invite God to be present to you in that struggle. And the most fantastic news is that God is already there, whether we know it or not. Turning to prayer simply helps us to remember and in remembering, to allow God to be the source of comfort and support that has been waiting there all along.
What are your favorite spiritual practices during time of human struggle?
Where have you experienced God as a source of comfort and support during times of challenge?
How might you begin to embrace a daily spiritual practice that can build the foundation of you recollection of God’s love and support?
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