Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”1
Two years ago, Rose lost her twin, Rachel, in a car accident. She mourns her loss every time she recalls the memory of her sister. She feels like a jigsaw puzzle that lost a big piece in the centre of the puzzle. The picture is not complete without it. A piece of her heart and life is missing. She cherishes the memory of the time spent with Rachel. Rose’s life changed ever since her sister died. She stopped doing certain things and started doing new things.
Our hearts are like a jigsaw puzzle with a missing important piece—there is a hole. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we consciously or unconsciously search for the missing piece. “God has set eternity in their hearts.”2 Mankind always long for “eternity,” and we look for ways to immortalise our existence. We strive to be rich, famous, and/or powerful so we can achieve something that will hopefully leave a legacy beyond our brief mortal existence. We long for “eternity.”
Only God is eternal and only God can fill the “hole” in our heart perfectly. Nothing else will do. Anything we use to plug the hole will just peel away sooner or later, because the piece does not fit quite right. Only God can comfort us. We can choose to ignore God or we can choose to embrace God and “mourn” after him—to fill our mind with thoughts of him and his words.
Jesus said, “I will pray to the Father, and he will give you a Comforter that he may be with you forever.”3
“I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace.”4
God himself is our comfort. Not money nor power nor fame. Just God.
When we “mourn” after God and seek to please him first and foremost, we shall worry less about the cares of the world. When the overwhelming thought in our daily life is to please God, we shall desire less of things that are not important spiritually. Instead, we shall focus on becoming “richer” in spirit.
We are poor in spirit and we need God. Let our minds be filled with his words every waking hour of our lives.
Matthew 5:4, WEB
Ecclesiastes 3: 11 WEB
John 14: 16 WEB rephrased (Greek παρακλητον: Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, and Comforter)