Today I sent out a reflection to my choir's yahoogroup email which I cut and paste from Rick Warren. I thought I'd send it through here too.
You may think, "Nobody knows what I'm going through, nobody feels the pain I'm experiencing."
But God knows!
He knows your feelings and frustrations. He's seen the crisis in your soul. There's no hurt that goes unnoticed by God. Psalm 56:6 says, "You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears." (Good News)
Often when we're hurting, we feel very isolated and lonely. Maybe there's been a death in the family, a divorce, maybe we've gotten fired, and we start to think, "Nobody understands the way I feel; nobody can tell the way I feel; nobody feels the pain."
But God knows, and "The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him." (Psalms 103:13, NLT)
God not only sees, He cares!
He knows the causes, the reasons, the things that brought you to this point. He understands because he made you, and he sees the hurt in your heart like nobody else can.
Because God knows our frustrations and despair, we can give those feelings to God: "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you." (1 Peter 5:7, NLT) Cast them all permanently on God, once and for all, and then, don't take them back.
Sometimes, that's it all it takes for me, knowing God knows. Especially when I encounter times of loneliness and despair. I find I am comforted by the certitude that the God I love, the God who loves me like no other, the God who made this heart of mine, knows. Not just what I'm going through, but even everything that has gotten me to this particular point.
He understands. It is when I am in the doldrums that I can more easily imagine God wanting so desperately to give me a real good hug. And the thought of a God yearning to comfort me - to comfort you - is moving beyond words.
I pray you and I feel His embrace. And appreciate His desperate longing to embrace us.
"I am large. I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
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