There are seasons and times in our lives which seem to yield so much pain; times when as a child of God we may doubt that He is even there.
We all go through those times when the trials seems to linger, when we feel lost even in the midst of our prayers, and times when no words form upon our lips and it seems all we can do is weep quiet tears in the midst of our deep pain and anguish….
Our Lord sees the heartache, the despondency; knowing all that we suffer and endure…He knows every unspoken prayer that we might pray….
He is near to the broken hearted and shattered spirits…the hearts that carry such sorrow…. And though we are tempted to think that in those times of silence He has turned deaf ear……I’ve come to know that His silence means He’s letting me speak.
Even when we feel He is distant we can have the quiet confidence knowing that He is listening to every word we whisper…. every breath that forms a prayer. Matthew 6:8 tells us that He knows what we need even before we ask Him.
He is still the God who listens, the God who sees~nothing has changed…..He is our Heavenly Father whose eyes look deep into His children’s soul as He attentively listens every time that we earnestly seek.
God knows there’s a time for everything on earth…. a time for mourning…lament…or great sorrow.
Yet, He promises us that His mercy is new every morning…. and as the burden is lifted…..His joy brings the sunrise tomorrow.
And His grace covers our shame, our guilt, our pain and our grief…..we can lift our faces to the new sunrise because He has declared that He is the lifter of our heads…..
We can believe our Heavenly Father, trust in His Word and stand on His promises….to have that quiet knowing, that quiet confidence that even in the midst of pain and struggle we know deep down in our spirits our Abba loves us…
His Spirit gives us the comfort, reassurance & courage to go on when our souls are weary from the load of our sorrow. And I know, despite any doubts & fears I may have in my weakness and struggles and all the times when I don’t understand, I can trust my Father is still listening and as each teardrop falls He catches them in His hands…
And if I close my eyes, and quiet my soul I envision my silent tears caressing the nail scars in His hands…..
Isaiah 53:4-6~ “He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well. All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the LORD gave him the punishment we deserved.”