Sunday, July 12, 2015

God’s Heart for the Grieving and Brokenhearted


“Even in laughter the heart is sad,
and the end of joy is grief.”
— Proverbs 14:13 (NRSV)
HORROR is the end of things so we are best to have a veritable relationship with God to vouchsafe wellbeing. I hate to sound like a pessimist, because, in living effect I am not. I am a realist in this: we will all be rattled by grief, anxiety or hurt at some stage. Those who aren’t, don’t need to be ministered to, but those who are may find they are intractably drawn to be ministered to and to minister.
God’s heart for humanity is captured in the brokenness of people. Where humanity most represents humanity, God most represents God. When we can be truly human — that is, broken and true — God can truly be God in the midst of our need.
God is always God but our Lord can’t be for us everything we need him to be unless we make way.
All we need to know is that God’s heart is for us when we are battling manfully just to get through the shadowy valley.
This is my personal experience…
The amount of times I poured out tears, soaking an already saturated pillow, crying tears so densely heavy they would make sounds upon the floor as they fell, God was with me.
As I shed those tears — feeling most estranged to life — I knew that God knew what I was going through.
As I would journal my mood and emotion would ebb and flow from a restrained sorrow to anger to an overwhelming pity for my situation — God’s empathy awash through my soul.
It was easy to see the Spirit’s work in all this as I felt the healing of my indignation with a compassion I could feel — a compassion that was directed like an arrow into the heart of my brokenness, itself. I never hid my brokenness. I would laud it before the Lord so he could direct his compassion right there, into the heart of it.
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God’s heart for the grieving, the anxious, the hurting — the broken — is compassion enacted as a direct hit as an arrow into the heart of our brokenness.
God’s heart for the broken is an arrow of compassion directed into the heart of our brokenness. Pierced, a sorrowful pressure is released eliciting compassion and healing.
Compassion felt is healing and wholeness experienced.
God’s heart for the broken can never be denied. Compassion is eternal. It is destined to heal the heart of the broken. All the broken-hearted need do is be open.
© 2015 Steve Wickham.

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