“In our suffering, and in life’s inexplicable mysteries, we can take courage. We may never be able to answer all of the hard questions. But think about it — the very fact that the evil in our world feels wrong and unjust, that sense we have that life should restore, uplift, and renew– that itself is the grace of God within us, revealing that more beyond our lament is on the way.”- Aubrey Sampson
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still.”- Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Aubrey Sampson concludes Chapter 11 of The Louder Song as she recalls a season in her life where she moved with her husband to Zambia, Africa. For one year, they lived in a compound community called Mapalo. And, in the language of the Bemba,, the name means blessing.
However, the city’s original name, Chipilukusu, meant something quite different. The name meant deformed or without structure. In addition, the name also can mean bitter, broken, or cursed. As a result, Zambian Christians petitioned the government to change the name.
So, today as you walk in this community, you see a sign. Spray-painted over the original name – in dynamic lettering – is the name Mapalo. Blessing on top of brokenness. Hence, Bemba Christians, through many long and hard years of lament, forged a path from pain to possibility.
In conclusion, Aubrey offers encouragement with these words:
“This is the hope. This is why we lament. Because we believe that one day all things will be made new. One day Jesus will end suffering forever. When all feels lost, take courage, friend. God’s withness remains.”
Today’s question: What Bible verses, hymns, Christian songs, or books help you take courage in the midst of the inexplicable mysteries of life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The unique counsel of pain – gratefulness”