In This World There’s A Whole Lot of Trouble

In this world there’s a whole lot of trouble, baby
In this world there’s a whole lot of pain
In this world there’s a whole lot of trouble
But a whole lot of ground to gain

In this world there’s a whole lot of sorrow
In this world there’s a whole lot of shame
In this world there’s a whole lot of sorrow
But a whole lot of ground to gain

When you spend your whole life wishing
Watching and wondering why
It’s a hard enough life to be living
Why walk when you can fly?

This song popped into my head today. I have experienced so much sadness this year, but today takes the cake. I am truly full of sorrow. I’m still mourning the loss of my dad; Father’s Day is this year and it’s an awful feeling knowing I won’t hear his voice.

A former student passed away this morning from complications from a drowning accident. He was a sweet boy who made the most of each day despite his battle with autism and other debilitating medical issues. I’ll never forget that big smile that would say, “Hi, ‘Coy” as I walked into his classroom and the sing-songy, “Mrs. McCoy” if he was trying to butter me up.

Tonight is the celebration of the life of a dear friend and teacher-mentor who lost his battle with brain cancer. Even on my frustrating days as a new teacher, he would greet me with a huge smile and a goofy joke. When I was overcome with discouragement one day, I blurted out something less-than-professional and Dan just laughed. He totally got me and knew exactly what I needed to make it through that one difficult class.

Just when I think I’ve overcome grief, it smacks me in the face and I am reminded that this life can be so sad and full of trouble.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on Earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Grief is hard and grief hurts. I am comforted knowing that Jesus has been to Earth and he has experienced how jacked-up it can be (one of his closest friends traded him for money, after all!). If you are struggling with grief right now, would you consider seeking peace from the one who has grieved and conquered it all.

Below is the entire song I quoted above: “Why Walk When You Can Fly?” by Andrew Peterson. The harmonies alone make me weak in the knees, but the message is just as powerful; our world is so messed up, but there are also so many beautiful, wonderful things. Be encouraged today, friends.


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  1. Sarah on June 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    This is beautiful and what I needed to read.

  2. Molly on June 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Reminds me of the verse Romans 8:18 “For the suffering we endure now is nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” love you Bex

  3. Liz on June 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Thanks for always putting your feeling and often ours into perspective. Dan’s family shared grey stories tonight and Donivan’s will be a celebration of his life! I can’t wait to see you soon and look forward to your postings when I can’t see you as often as I would like!

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