There are times when there is no rhyme or reason to heartache, but occasionally it is revealed to us why we have had to endure such hardships. What heartaches have you had to endure, and where do you find your hope for healing?
Bonus section! As you read through the epilogue of Love’s True Colors, you come to understand what God was doing all along. He was molding Tessa’s heart, changing her character, and teaching her how to rely on Christ. And I think he was doing this to prepare her heart (my heart) to become a pastor’s wife.
As you can see throughout the entire novel, Tessa is resistant when it comes to her involvement in the church. Her wounds were deep, and she also feels like her life experiences would hinder her integrity as a role model in the church. “He explained that he wanted to be a pastor…I stared at him for a while with my mouth gaping. He knew how I felt about pastors, about being overly involved in a church, about my hesitations toward trusting the church” (page 312). Nevertheless, Mason wanted to follow God’s calling, even if that meant losing Tessa. This placed Tessa in a difficult position, but ultimately, she knew that if this was what God wanted for her and Mason, then He would work all things out for the good.
Your heartaches will be different than Tessa’s, but I’m sure you’re grappling with your own specific hardships. The question is how you deal with those heartaches? Do you see Christ working in the midst of your heartache? Jeremiah 30:17a says, “‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord…” (NIV).
Christ is working in your life, whether or not you’re able to see the purpose of your heartache. No matter what you’re facing today, know that there is hope in Jesus. He is trustworthy, and He redeems you from your past so you can use your story for the betterment of others. I always wanted to write my story because I think it’s such a beautiful testimony of who Christ is and how He works in the midst of our lives and heartaches. He’s working in your life too, so place you’re trust in Him because hope can be found in heartache!