I look around and see so many broken people. So much pain and suffering. People I know. People I don’t. My family. Friends. Even at times myself. There just seems to be so much heartache everywhere. And sometimes I think when we see someone hurting our first instinct is to make it stop.To somehow make it better. To hurry up and fix their brokenness.
We feel this tremendous burden to “do” something. But I’m realizing more and more, this is not our burden to bear. In a moment of quiet reflection, God placed this verse in front of me.
“for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13b
He says “I” will.
Even pain has purpose. Solomon tells us there is a season for everything under the sun. Even sorrow. But I think sometimes we overlook its value.
God is close to the brokenhearted. He draws them in. He wants to be their comfort. He wants to be where they find their strength to go on. And He will bring them from sorrow into rejoicing. In His time.
We simply must walk beside them. Encourage them on. Pray for them and their journey through this season of pain.
Rather than diminish their time of suffering by trying to rush them through, let us instead respect how God may be working in these moments to pull them closer to His side.
May we shine the light that will gently guide them towards the One in whom their true relief will be found.
And remember that even the coldest winter eventually turns to spring…