Sustenance from the archives+: When

Sustenance from the archives+ (19)


“When will the pain disappear?” the brokenhearted asks.

“When will the grief dissipate?” the bereaved wails.

“When will the morning come?” the one seemingly trapped in the longest night season whimpers.


“When will hope return?” the despairing soul moans.

“When will I laugh again?” the sorrow-laden whispers.

“When will I be free?” the imprisoned cries.


“When will I receive justice?” the wronged pleads.

“When will the weight be lifted?” the heavily burdened implores.

“When will the fighting be over?” the wearied warrior sighs.


God knows. God knows. God knows.

May we find comfort in this truth,

accept His grace

and trust Him.

No matter what.

Today’s post is for Day 15 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The post is one of the “+” in the series title “…archives+,” in that is freshly minted. The prompt is, “When.” To read the post for Day 14 of the series, please click on the link below.

Day 14: Ask

Five Minute Friday: When

Joining Kate Motaung and a community of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “When.”


“When.” There is a certainty to the word that is not present in the word, “If.”

“When” as in this is going to happen. As in John 16:33 “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” And James 1:2-3,”My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…” And, Isaiah 43:2, “When you go through deep waters… when you go through rivers of difficulty … when you walk through the fire of oppression.” Not if, as in this could happen, but when.

Difficulty in life is certain but thanks be to God, so are His promises. John 16:33 also contains the assurance, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” So does Isaiah 43:2, I will be with you. You will not drown. You will not be burned up.

Since trouble is certain, I am also thankful for Psalm 50:15, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Bless His Name.


I am thankful for verses such as Romans 8: 31-39:

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am also thankful that none of our experiences are wasted, as Jason Gray reminds us in his beautiful song, “Nothing is wasted.”