“It has been said that life has treated me harshly; and sometimes I have complained in my heart because many pleasures of human experience have been withheld from me…if much has been denied me, much, very much, has been given me…” – Helen Keller (deaf and blind author, lecturer and political activist)
We all suffer some kind of loss somehow. Few are those who are able to go through life unscarred. Some suffer the loss of a job. Some suffer the loss of health. Some suffer the loss of a dream. Some suffer the loss of relationships. Some suffer the loss of the people they love the most.
It’s in the nature of this life to suffer loss. No sooner do clouds form that they lose themselves and fall down upon us as rain. No sooner does the moon shine that it suffers the loss of night and it gives way towards a brand new sunrise for all of us. Even a seed loses itself and gets buried deep into the ground to give way for a growth that allows it to rise higher than it could ever think it could.
We are not the only ones who suffer some kind of loss. But we are also not the only ones who are continuously been given opportunities to gain something else. Another job perhaps, another dream, or other friends who can embrace us and share both our deepest griefs and our highest joys.
Not that anything else can replace what we have lost. Not that we could ever fill the emptiness the important people have left in our hearts. But that in time, our hearts are healed and we increase in our capacity to receive other valuable things in our lives. In time, we begin to understand God’s great design where things are lost but for a moment, to give way for all the other things that will bring us happiness for all eternity.
Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, WEB-BE