You’re Never Alone When You Have God
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. . .(Isa. 53:4)
Joseph Scriven, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1820, fell in love with a beautiful girl from his hometown. The day before they were to marry, she drowned in a swimming accident. He was heartbroken and shattered by the tragedy. Biographers say that he never fully recovered and came back to himself. Scriven decided that it was too difficult to remain in Dublin, so he set sail and went to Canada. He took odd jobs, often working without pay. His primary interest was helping elderly people. Even though he never got over his beloved’s death, he did fall in love again. Unfortunately, tragedy struck a second time. His sweetheart died from pneumonia before they could marry. This shock crippled him. A friend from home came to him and brought word that his mother was sick, but he did not have the money to travel to her. He penned a poem that was circulated from his friend’s hand to his mother. From a man who experienced the uprooting of location, the change of vocation, and the loss of companions came these words:
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
Relocation, the change of vocational identity, and the loss of a companion are not signs of God’s abandonment. It could possibly be that God is preparing to open the heavens and position you to receive something so large, grand, and wonderful about Himself that it will change your present and prepare you for the future.
Lord Jesus, even though we’ve suffered great pain and tragedy in our lives, it’s a comfort to know that You took them upon Yourself on the cross. We will leave all our burdens with You, knowing that You will carry them for us. These trials only make us stronger for the journey ahead—where at the end we will receive our crown of endurance. Amen.