Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The COVID-19 experience has forced change on all of us. Even those whose jobs and health were spared had many of their life’s expectations disappointed. Long awaited vacations were cancelled. College seniors who had been so looking forward to their graduation ceremonies saw them cancelled. My daughter-in-law went to a wedding, years in the planning, that transformed into a backyard affair with immediate family only.
Like any adversity, COVID-19 has provided a revelation of how we would react if _______. Its all very good to hypothesize about what the toothpaste looks like, but if you want to know you have to squeeze the tube. As we have all been squeezed, COVID-19 has revealed the truth of who we are under adversity.
What have you learned? How did you score on spiritual maturity in the face of adversity?
- If you experienced your losses as moments of sorrow, took some time to mourn the loss, turned it over to the Lord and thanked Him for the blessings you have – Good on you! You’re in a good place. Be sure to share the Spirit you have.
- If your loss made you a little crazy, like you couldn’t let it go, and wound up having to be corrected by someone who loves you – you may have some growing to do. Spend some time praying for others and the losses they have experienced. The more we join the Lord in His work the easier it is to keep ourselves in a healthy perspective.
- If your loss left you angry, inconsolable, and looking for someone to blame – you may be well into entitled territory. Stop. Back up. Is the Lord’s sacrifice not enough for you? Medicate your condition with regular doses of repentance.
The goal for all of us is to be available to minister to others in their loss. The losses we have experienced better prepares us to empathize with the pain of others. The comfort we received from Christ is exactly what the sorrowing ones around you need. But first, we have to experience it ourselves.
Once we agree that the world does not owe us any of our expectations, we can open ourselves to the compassion of Christ. His comfort is so much better than what our anger provides us. Choose Him as the comfort for your losses and be prepared to grow in holiness and be better prepared to share all that you have received.