It’s hard to hear the answer to prayer through the background noise of our tears and the desperation of loss. But it is not to say that God is absent in the tragedies of life. In my experience, He works faithfully and powerfully even when the heart cannot feel it through the ache.

It seems like it is much later, when we feel that we have no more tears left and silence and stillness surround us that we begin to recognize His answers. It is when our thoughts begin to break through the tragedy of our own life and turn out of ourselves that we can appreciate that our hand has been held tightly by God’s from the very beginning of the journey.

The pastor and author Frederick Meyer wrote, “It is said that the fairest Alpine flowers bloom in the most rugged mountain passes, and the most magnificent psalms arose from the most profound agonies of the soul.” There will always be an agony to escape from. When we choose to follow Christ, we don’t escape the agony, but He will never fail to lead us through it. Along the way, He will build strength and resilience in us that we never thought possible.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1-3

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