The words above are often thrown around; sometimes as sincere offerings to soothe a troubled soul; other times as a pithy phrase when you can’t think of anything else to say.
Whatever the reason, I’ve come to realize that they are very true.
I’ve had some rough few weeks recently – projects due, a deadline for a major presentation looming; pressure seemed to be the order of the day, and that was just at work. On the personal end, my family appeared to be in a season of loss – while some were expected, that did not make them any easier to bear.
Most of all, I felt overwhelmed in my spirit.
Life just seemed to be one humongous sigh.
Do you know what I’m talking about?
Maybe your situations are a little different, but the feeling is the same.
This too shall pass.
I say this because it is my testimony.
Through it all, I learned to trust in God even more.
When I felt I was at breaking point, I cried out to God for help.
When I didn’t see a way, I recited scripture and claimed His promises.
Let me tell you something, faith really is a muscle. It shrinks and weakens when it goes unused. But it grows and matures the more it is exercised.
If you’d asked me ten (10) years ago whether I would think to respond that way under those circumstances, the answer would be no.
The same for even probably five (5) years ago.
But God encourages us to, “prove (Him) now…” Malachi 3:10; to put Him to the test.
The only way we can find out the truth for ourselves is when we experience Him for ourselves.
I’m not knocking sermons, but there’s a huge difference between hearing about an experience and living it yourself.
So whatever it is that seems to big in your life right now, that seems so threatening and overwhelming, I urge you to give it to God.
Maybe you haven’t read your Bible in years, dig it out and dust it off.
Maybe you don’t own a Bible, google “bible verses about…”; Or download a Bible app and choose from a range of reading plans designed to send you delving into God’s word.
Perhaps you haven’t prayed before or perhaps you haven’t prayed in years; it doesn’t need to be fancy, just pour your heart out to God.
This too shall pass.
How do I know?
Because some of my major projects have been turned in, and I feel like I can breathe again.
Because my presentation is now a thing of the past.
Because the funeral rites are finished and the respective families are slowly starting to pick up the pieces.
Because life goes on.
Am I saying that it will be easy?
But it gets easier with practice.
In any relationship, trust is cultivated. It develops over time.
Once you have seen for yourself how God has come through for you, sure, your heart may skip a couple of beats, your stomach may clench for a couple of seconds, or your head may pound for a couple of minutes, but these responses will be fleeting and temporary. They will not become a state of being.
God is good; all the time. We just need to place our hands in His and trust Him to get us through.
Maybe He will take us around it; maybe we are meant to go through it.
Whichever direction He chooses to take us, we are reminded that it will be for our good. He won’t let go of our hands, so just hang on.
Remember, this too shall pass.