After today, there will be the problem of what to do with that carved pumpkin. Breaking it up and adding it to a compost pile can enrich the soil. The insides can be turned into wonderful smoothies, butter, bread, soup, and of course, pie! The shell can be turned into potpourri, and the pumpkin puree is supposed to be good for the skin! Pumpkins are even deemed safe for feeding birds and animals! In any case, disposing of pumpkins is only a problem for a country with an abundance.
Today’s verse also talks about abundance; the abundance of suffering and the abundance of comfort. Because of sin and our fallen world, there will be suffering for the believer. Whether it is loss of health, income, or loss of loved ones, the Christian is not exempt. But where there is abundant suffering, God promises a comfort from Him that is just as abundant. The abundant life of John 10:10 is not an easy painless life. But it is an abundant one because He is there; the God of all comfort (verse 3).
The future looms ahead of me with all sorts of potential suffering. There will be age-related sufferings as the body breaks down. There will be the deaths of older family members and friends. Whatever suffering is in store, I can trust the Lord to come through for me. His comfort will make all of it bearable. I do not have to worry ahead of time or imagine the unimaginable. When it is needed, His comfort will be there.
Thank you, Lord, that I can trust You to be the abundant comfort I need exactly when I need it!