Only For a Season

As Christians, we may experience pain, sorrow, sadness, suffering, difficulties, challenges, etc. These moments can be termed as the ‘night’ of our lives. Just as the night is not permanent but gives way to the brightness of each morning, in the same way these down moments of our lives will not linger around for long. It will be overcome by joy and happiness, but everything in its proper time and season.

This is the fact Jesus was engraving in the hearts of His disciples in the gospel of today and uses the analogy of a woman in labour. The joy that comes after the delivery makes the woman forget all the pains she went through. You may be going through pain or sadness because of your situation but know that the joy that the Lord has in store for you will surpass the discomfort of the dark alley you’re walking in now.

Psalm 30:5 tells us that “…weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Let this knowledge help you not to lose hope. Don’t allow your present situation to steal your joy completely because no situation is permanent. What is important is your disposition while you wait for that light.

In fact, in moments of challenges, pains and anxiety, God sends us help more than we can imagine. This is evident in our first reading in the vision of St. Paul where God asked him not to fear and that He has more people people in the city. In the end, God turns the situation around for Paul’s good, and he went unharmed. God can let even your enemies work in your favour to turn your sorrow into joy.

In all our pains God is in control, for He is the King of all the earth as our responsorial psalm says. Our pain and sorrow will end in joy if we will continue to hope and trust in God. He created day and night for a reason, and both have a role to play to make creation go on. Know that He equally has a reason for the nights of your life – just walk on the path He has mapped out for you to reach the desired end.

(Acts 18:9-18; Ps. 47; Jn. 16:20-23a)


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