Just because we are Christians does not mean we are immune to hardship, hurt, and tragedy. My lover and I dealt with a heavy share of heartache early in our marriage. I think we spent our first year at the hospital or a funeral. We cried a lot. We prayed more. It was tough. Even now sometimes I feel as though we live in a sea of tragedy, with loved ones passing on, jobs being lost, marriages failing. People hurting because of some great trial in their lives.
So what do you do when there is literally nothing you can say?
Turn it over to the Lord.
The Bible says in Psalm 30:
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Just reading this makes me cry. Jesus has the ability to turn our mourning into dancing! Who else can do this? Sure sometimes a friend can tell a funny joke that gets you to laugh for a time, but who can really heal your heart? Jesus. He takes it away. He shoulders your burden Himself. And He promises you will not mourn forever.
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace. Ecclesiates 3:1-8
So far the Lord has promised us that He will turn our mourning into dancing, and that our sorrow will only last for a time.
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah Psalm 46:1
So adding these things together: God will turn our mourning into dancing, our sorrow will only last for a time, and God is present in every hardship. In Psalm 46 the psalmist says we will not fear. We will not be afraid of trials and hardships. We will not be afraid of the times of mourning. We can face whatever comes our way with confidence, knowing that God has us in the comfort of His protection. We will mourn, but we know that we have a Deliverer.
So when these hard times come, and words run out, just turn it over to the Lord.