Sad things happen all the time. Someone I am close to dies. Someone I am close to has a loved one die. A good friend gets divorced. A family I am close to has a huge fight over COVID vaccines, and vows never to speak to each other again, and on the list goes.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be happy,
But in the day of sadness reflect- God has made the one as well as the other.
When a sad event happens to me or to someone close to me, I remind myself to consciously choose to do seven things;
1. I acknowledge God’s sovereignty over all circumstances in my life, I acknowledge His great love for me, and I acknowledge His infinite wisdom to do exactly what is best for all involved.
2. I ask God for His strength to endure and persevere well. To walk responsibly through this time and not wimp out. To help and encourage others who may be struggling.
3. I ask God for His wisdom so that I will know exactly what to say and do in order to minister to others.
4. I remind myself that time heals hurts, sadness, and wounds, and to be patient and steadfast until that healing happens.
5. I set my mind on heaven, eternity, and receiving my eternal glorified body.
6. I work really hard to be nice to everyone in spite of how I might feel.
7. I pray for all involved that God will give them His strength, His wisdom, His joy, and His peace. And I pray for any unsaved that I know that the sadness will prompt them to seek for answers from God.