How long do we have to put up with this, God? Do you have it in for us for good? Psalm 79:5 (MSG)
Good times. Bad times. Bulls. Bears. Ups. Downs. Victory. Defeat. Celebration. Tragedy.
Life is a cyclical journey and there will be both rain and sunshine along the path. I find myself starting to look back at my life in realization that the road behind me is longer than the stretch of road left before me. I’ve seen some really good times of joy and prosperity. I’ve also sojourned through periods of tragedy and loss, both on a personal scale and in a national sense.
In the midst of life’s dark valley’s it’s easy to cry out like Asaph, the lyricist of Psalm 79. "How long is this going to last, God? Give us a break here!" I tend to believe that we have all felt that exact sense of desperation at certain times of life. And yet, God reminds us that there is a time for everything in this life. There is a time to weep and a time to dance.
It’s a funny thing. Good times are so enjoyable, yet it’s through the difficulties that I’ve found myself growing, learning, and maturing. I feel myself crying out, "How long do I have to put up with this?" and I hear a whisper in my spirit answering, "Until you learn the lesson I’m trying to teach you."