New Post: When We Cry

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You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8

When I was younger , I viewed God as some distant, majestic being that was far from concerned about my life.  I thought God may have done miraculous things in the past, but that He was pretty untouchable in the here and now.  He had a storybook, fairy tale quality to Him.

As time has gone by, my viewpoint have changed a number of times.  At one point I saw God as someone I could only know about.  I've seen Him as someone I could know, but didn't really care about knowing me personally.  Someone else, maybe ... but not me. I've wondered if He existed at all.  But lately, I've found Him to be very real to me.  

It's taken a long time.

Yet, today, as I was listening to my Bible read-through - a verse leapt out at me.  The chapter in Luke was talking about Jesus seeing a woman who was bringing her son, who had died being carried out through the gates.  He knew it was her only son.  He knew she was widow.

The verse?

"When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

I don't think I've read or heard anything in Scripture that made Jesus more real to me.  Here He is - compassionate and caring because a woman had lost her only child.  

He gave the woman a gift.  The gift of having her son back.

I think Jesus always gives us a gift.  Whether it is an actual miracle of healing (Yes, I do believe those happen today), or the gift of comfort in His presence, or the gift of another compassionate person, I think He looks at us with the same compassion.  I think His heart goes out to each one of us, each beloved reader , and says clearly.

"I care."

"Don't cry."

"Trust me that I am here for you."

How well He knows what we need.  

You see, I do need someone to care.  I need someone to understand.  So often, as I travel this road, I feel misunderstood.  I don't always feel that there is someone who cares.

Yet, His word reassures each one of us.

He looks and you and I with that same care and compassion.  His heart goes out to us in our sufferings.

He looks to dry our eyes and grant us mercy and grace.

And if we need to cry?  If we can't help it?

I believe that His strong arms are around us, holding us just as compassionately, fully understanding our pain.  He treasures each tear that we shed.

I'm so glad I've gotten to know God - not as a distant creator - but as my God and my friend who cares.

Someone who cares enough to say, "Don't cry."

Father God, How amazing are You and Your Son.  How great is Your love for us.  How unfathomable is Your care and compassion.  Help us to see You are You truly are, today.  Amen and amen.

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