Not because we’ve lost faith. Not because we feel like God isn’t there, or doesn’t care. Not because we carry bitterness or unforgiveness. But simply, because it hurts.
It hurts to watch your child, hurt. It hurts to come across old anniversary cards written by a now, stranger. It hurts to say goodbye to a parent or grandparent. To lose a beloved pet. To face a terminal illness. It just hurts.
This morning on our local Christian radio station I heard a quick excerpt about the verse in the bible of when Jesus wept. The pastor (sorry his name now escapes me) said, (and I’m paraphrasing) “Jesus knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead. Yet, He wept. Jesus full of compassion felt what they felt and allowed Himself to weep.”
Oh! how I needed that reminder! It’s ok to cry! You’re not saying, “God, I don’t trust You.” You’re just saying, “God, I trust You, but, OUCH, it hurts!”
Yes, we have victory! And yes! we have a Hope! And yes! we know God is in control and we need not worry nor fear! But, we can feel it. We can just sit at His feet and weep. Allowing our tears and our sorrow to bring raw, real and unrestrained worship to our Lord even in our time of pain.
It is in this vulnerability, this heartbroken sobbing that He draws ever so near to us. To comfort those that mourn. To remind us that He can relate and weeps with us, even though He knows the miracles that await us.
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Jesus wept. (John 11:33-35)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)