Some time ago, I heard the quote above. It was misquoted by Madea. At the time, it was funny, but times have changed and I am now forced to believe what has been shown to me. Most importantly however, I must recognize that it was God that made the reveal for my own protection, and any hurt is directly related to growing pains. As I have navigated this healing journey two scriptures have come to mind.
1 Samuel 16:1 (KJV)
16 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
God asked a question and gave the answer. How long will you mourn (cry, weep) was the question. After announcing his decision he told Samuel to get up and go. In other words, your mourning period is over, because while you’re mourning over what was, you’re missing out on an exciting new beginning. He went on to say, “I have provided”. Wow!!!! Excessive time spent mourning over what God rejected is time not spent moving towards what he has provided. Finally, I realize that I have to elevate my priorities by heeding the words of Paul found in Colossians.
…….. focus on the things that are above-where Christ holds the highest position. Colossians 3:1b (GOD'S WORD Translation)
Samuel still loved Saul, but God was calling Samuel onward and upward. If you’re in a similar place or know someone that’s mourning what was, encourage them to focus on what God has for them next. I promise you and them, He Has Already Provided.