Sometimes we’re hit by such heartache, trial, or discouragement that it takes the wind right out of us. When we encounter disappointment, God’s promises are still true. Holley Gerth, life-coach and author of the book You’re Going to Be Okay offers a couple steps in the coping process:
- Give yourself permission to not be okay – we’re not called to hold everything together as Christians; we’re called to hold to Jesus and our faith in Him when everything is coming apart.
- Ask, what am I here on earth to do? How can I make time for that right now?
Holley struggled with infertility for close to ten years. Every month that would pass was a new level of pain and sadness, but she sought God’s face and refused to let that struggle define her. In her words: “Your life’s obstacles are temporary. Who you are is eternal.”
Author Philip Yancey agrees – our sufferings are temporary.
Philip describes his own suffering, losing his father to polio at the age of one. Despite the fervent prayers and support of his friends and church family, Philip’s father died. How did he cope with his pain? In his words,
“If you feel grief or outrage at suffering, you’re in good company. You can only imagine how God feels. God is on the side of the sufferer.”
Philip was invited to speak to the community of Sandy Hook after the devastating school shooting. “I do believe I could stand before those parents and say, ‘Your child is safe in the arms of God right now.'” We do have something solid to offer a world that is groaning and in pain.
Below, you can hear an interview with both Holley Gerth and Phillip Yancey as they discuss this topic in more detail.