Life in this world is hard. HARD. And the little platitudes, like, “but God is good”, just don’t cut it. Not in the midst of abandonment and broken families. Orphaned & trafficked children. Starvation, grief and anguish that punctuate our world.
There are days when I am not sure my heart can take one more story of brokenness.
I imagine you might feel the same. So we go along, pretending that everything is alright, because the problems are too big for us to handle. Too big for us to have an impact on. We serve and give our money, but hold tight to our hearts. Attempting to protect them from any more pain.
Then another broken soul crosses our paths.
I have heard so many stories of single moms. Abused, threatened, in danger. And I watch God work to heal and restore. So glad I get to be a witness to His glory. Then I file it away and keep going with life. But there’s always another story. Another woman whose husband walks out after 15 years of marriage. Another family left broken and hurting. More kids confused and scared about what the future holds. Another cancer diagnosis. Another lost job. More pain.
And it brings me to my knees.
Some days, I look around and don’t know how God can stand to watch how we treat each other. His beloved. I don’t know how He can stand to see more weeping.
But I do know this.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:2-3
God didn’t just watch Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they were in the furnace. He went with them. And He sent an angel to physically walk through the fire with them. And He will do the same for you and me. Through our furnace. Through our floods. Through our deserts. Through our wilderness.
I am so grateful for the One who goes with us through it all and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The next time you find yourself taken to your knees by the suffering in this world, please remember that God is right there with you. Cry out to Him and find how close He really is.