What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
When Solomon declares this, I find encouragement.
My problems are not new.
My multitude of traumatic events are not new.
Masks will come and go.
Death and life will arrive and cease.
Full of themselves teenagers will grow and leave.
The school year will begin and end.
The burnt dinner smell will even leave.
It’s what we do in the middle that counts.
In the middle of the storm.
In the midst of heartache.
How do you cope?
What fills you back up?
The world offers many options, which all pale in comparison to Jesus.
Jesus fills you with His peace while waiting for the storm to end.
Jesus wipes away your tears as you cry again for a child.
And He protects you when you are battling a mighty storm.
Because Jesus is stronger.
He is Almighty God.
Allow Him to help you.
Allow Him to guide you.
And allow Him to show you your next step forward.
Because to Jesus, there is absolutely nothing new under the sun.
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