“What is your only comfort in life and in death?
“That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.”
~The Heidelberg Catechism, Question 1
Strange irony, that often the times I feel most in need of comfort are the times that I have run headlong into the fact that I am not my own. That most of the wounds I receive come of wanting to be my own. And that for those wounds, the only comfort is that I belong to Another.
But such Another. The God who has afflicted me with his Ownership is amply able to comfort me in my affliction. If I belong to Him, so also do my troubles. And so I run to Him, throw my troubles angrily at His feet, stamp my impotent foot, and shout “Deal with them; they don’t belong to me anyway!” And in my temper tantrum, He has me exactly where I ought to have been all along, giving up.
I am comforted.