Oh, how our hearts learn to love better from trials! It was seven months ago that we left our home state and traveled 2,600 miles across the country on this new adventure. It has been an adventure alright, deep heart-dewrinkling, yet heavily laced with consolation from the God of all comfort.
A few months ago, I was driving here in Utah with my oldest son. We pulled up to a red light, a crosswalk lay a few feet before us and we saw an older man walking across. Suddenly, my eyes filled with tears as I looked at this man, because he looked so much like my dad! Seeing him made me so homesick.
Seven months of being here and there are still times when my heart is so sad because I cannot see my dad, mom, and siblings who are my bestfriends. My sister and I cannot visit together. I cannot spend the day with my bestie, Mary or invite my sweet Caroline over or all my closest girlfriends and their kids at once. Lol, I miss that! I miss seeing my nieces and nephews and having them over for sleepovers. I miss my older lady friends visiting, my nana and my good friend, Pat. I miss countless others, praying with them, having them over for dinner, and their hugs, seeing their children and sharing mine with them too. It is difficult being away from my family and friends!
But, the God of ALL comfort comforts me like only He can! Sometimes, it is with Bible verses, prayers answered, freedom gained, and new ways of thinking. Other times it is with things like visits with my sweet sister in law here, my husband’s aunts here bringing us out to lunch, packages in the mail, phone calls, just the right message in church, a song, an encouraging message, and video chats. Though my heart is sad for a little while, He knows what I need. His grace is always, always enough.
Before this was my trial, I never really thought much about those who relocate, leaving behind another life. Now, I know loneliness in a way I hadn’t before and that is good! There are a lot of lonely people in the world. Sweetly and thankfully, my heart has learned to love better. Now, I want to be on the lookout for others who might be lonely and I want to encourage them, open my home to them, and be their friend.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
We all have different trials we have been through and are going through. Among these times there might be deep grief, but we can know that our Comforter will give us the grace we need. He truly is the God of ALL comfort!