Sadness and Peace Exist at the Same Time

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Is It Even Possible Sadness and Peace Exist at the Same Time

The way I see it, sadness and peace exist at the same time in certain circumstances. It came to me quite clearly how God might feel when He sees us frightened, troubled or in pain of various sorts. This revelation came to me as I had my snow tires in the car the other day.

With the tires in the back, every curve in the road caused them to swing over and smack the side of the car. The plastic bag each of the tires was in crinkled every time. My poor little dog didn’t understand what in the heck was going on right behind her. It was scary and she didn’t like it one bit. Her pupils dilated due to her anxiety of being subjected to such frightful happenings. She sits up, she lays down, she pants. This pattern continued…

She must have been wondering why her master seemed so at peace with this frightful crinkling of bags and bangs on the side of the car. It happens frequently as it is a 48 minute ride with a plethora of curves in the road. As a matter of fact, there are very few straight sections along this path from home to the tire shop.

Little did she realize, but her master was actually quite saddened by her feelings of anxiety. When I looked at my treasured friend that I love so dearly be so afraid, I wished that somehow I could make her understand that she is going to be okay. I considered putting her in the front seat or even on my lap, but I know neither will really make her more safe. Even if that would help lessen her anxiety, she would actually be less safe. And I know this, but she does not. She had her seat belt on where she was at and the tires behind her seat, though they made a lot of noise and even shook the car a little when they hit the side, I knew they would not hurt her. 

Despite my sadness at seeing my precious dog scared at this new noisy event going on behind her, I was at peace because I knew my little doggie will be just fine. Allowing her to work through it for a few minutes will simply teach her that she will get through this troubling event.

As I was watching my dog Boots be so frightened by the noisy tires, I wondered if this is like the Lord watching us in times of difficulty. We get stressed and anxious at certain times of our life or with certain events, but God doesn’t, right? I wonder if he looks at us too with sadness and peace at the same time by our stress and tears in any given situation. He knows we will be okay, but He is probably still sad that we are sad and don’t get that He is with us.

Watching my dog whom I love be scared saddened me, but I did smile at her because I knew the tires posed no threat to her. I knew she was going to be just fine. So, even though I was at peace with the situation, I was still sad that she was sad.

From God’s perspective, He is working things out for our good and there will be stress and anxiety at times on our road, but He is on the throne. Nothing surprises our Creator. Every day was destined for us before any day came to being. Life can be challenging at times, but God is not oblivious to any detail. We may wonder why things have to be so hard or painful at times, but if you know the wonder of what’s planned for you, you can have peace about what is going on, even the unpleasant.

Still though, I have felt in times of turmoil, God telling me that He loves me and He understands. I hear him whispering to me that I am going to be okay. I don’t always listen real well though. How frustrating that must be for Him when He is trying to provide comfort for the rough patches of my journey and I am too wrapped up in my sorrow or anxiety.

I wanted so desperately for my dog to understand that she need not fear, but she did. I knew even if I had brought her up to the front seat or on my lap, which I know would be way more riskier for us than her just working through her anxiety, she would still not fully understand that those swaying tires should not be feared.

How that must be for us humans sometimes, at least, I can see that in my own life. Sometimes working through the stress or anxiety is necessary. Not only because maybe we have no choice, but maybe because, at least sometimes, being pulled out of it will not help us build faith and trust. Maybe if we were always pulled out of stressful situations, we would just feel entitled and expect it all the time. And if it didn’t happen, we would whine to God. So, maybe these times do make us stronger. I am sure there are exceptions and that each situation depends on many variables, but recognizing that we won’t understand everything, but learning to trust the Lord anyway helps to walk the path we are on.

I do think there are times when God does pull us out right away or doesn’t even let certain things come into our life. It seems like there are a web of complex reasons for each scenario and each individual. We are so varied in our responses to different things in life. God knows us. If he hasn’t rescued you from your pain yet, then there may be a reason greater than yourself why it remains or even that it seems to go on and on. There is much we don’t understand in this world and much we could do without. Unfortunately, there is a lot of sin and sickness in the world since the fall of man and no one escapes this life without some difficulty.

Of course, there will be sadness and pain, but it doesn’t have to be all that way. Knowing that your times of suffering will mean something, maybe it may not seem so now, but someday, it will be clear. For now, we are called to simply trust Him. I say simply, but for me, sometimes it doesn’t feel simple as sadness and overwhelm flow like a strong mist over those feelings of peace.

sadness and peace exist at the same timeWhen I look at my little dog though trembling from the scary noise and bumping of the tires on the side of the car, it is sad to see her anxious from fear, but oddly enough, I am still at peace because I know she is in no danger. She will be okay. Then it dawns on me, that trusting the Lord is simpler than we make it. If we fully know and trust that the Lord has our very lives in His hands, then we can have that peace despite hard times that may come our way.

Painful times, either physical or emotional will happen and obviously, they can hurt, but as you work through that hurt, maybe you can be at peace that you will be okay. Take steps to keep in tune with the Lord as you go along, in good times and not so good times. If we are putting an effort into building that relationship with Jesus, our strength and faith will grow, which will help us in our life journey. Then though the situation may cause feelings of sadness, peace can exist in our hearts as well to help us along the way.


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