No matter how fast or slow you're taking this journey called life, the blows come just as hard. So what do you do when these devasting hits come (and sometimes keep coming)? Numb the pain, ignore the aching of your heart, weep until your eyes are dry?
We just walked out of the movie theater having watched Prince Caspian and a friend received terrible news of the death of a child she once babysat. It was a shock to say the very least. Life is made up of these things of deep deep sorrow and inexpressible joy, how do we move from one to the other? How--in the moments of agony, do we remember the sweet memories?
I think there is One great example of this, "...Jesus, author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2) This is the most devastating hit possible, and for the joy set before Him, He endured. It was Lewis who said, "if we have desires that cannot be fulfilled by anything on this earth, it can only mean one thing: we were meant for someplace else."
We will ache, we will hurt for those we love, because of those we love, and sometimes even by those we love, but there is a promise of something far greater than this. A Scottish preacher once said, "Yes, He will send you out like lambs amongst wolves. Why? Because the Lion is padding softly beside you."