By the Waters of Babylon – Ps. 137:1
These days, who cannot identify with the words of the spiritual: Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen? Almost everyone can state personal stories of pain, rejection, sorrow, and inconvenience.
Jesus himself confessed that, when he faced the Cross, his soul was troubled. Yet, he faced persecution and death believing that God would bring meaning out of it all. God’s love did triumph over the cross and because of that fact, you and I have our faith and the faith of the Church.
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. That is a good formula for handling our difficulties. Through belief in Almighty God, trusting God ultimately to deliver us, we can face whatever comes along.
We can, with God’s support, find meaning in our troubles. The persecuted prophet Elijah found comfort, hope, and direction from God as he wandered hungry, lonely, and fearful in the wilderness.
To come to the understanding that, whether we live or die…whether the things we face are big or little … we belong to the Lord. To come to that important understanding, we can find solace to any troubled heart.