Life is very real. It’s not all sunshine, love, laughters, happiness, singing with overwhelming joy all the time; there are also sorrow, pain, tears, loneliness, hurt, misunderstanding, harsh judgment, cruelty, poverty, and deep anguish….But that’s why it makes sense that we are in need of a Savior, Someone who was willing and did come to die for our sins, to redeem and deliver us to the everlasting joy that we are able to experience partly here on earth, and that we will be able to experience fully one day in Heaven. Thank you, Jesus!
We often don’t understand the depth of someone’s pain and aloneness until we experience a very similar suffering.
The Lord teaches us to trust Him in the midst of our pain, and love others with great compassion, just as He loves us.
In a deep pain, we might suddenly realize that sometimes all a person needs in their deep pain is not to hear you “preach” to them, but just being there with and for them, and just to feel God’s comfort, like a child closing their eyes and hiding in a loving Father’s arms.
May the Lord wrap his arms around you in your pain, that He comfort you with his everlasting love and presence. God is with you.
Counseling is a journey that we walk alongside someone – we meet them in the wilderness of their life, we listen to their heart’s cry, we draw them out, and we talk together, pray together…It’s like walking them through a devotional, only that the words are not there right in front of you, but the Holy Spirit is with you, the Lord’s presence and Word with you, walking with you through the valley of life, and leading you to slowly raise your heads, fixing your eyes on Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you.
Then, together, we sing,
“My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.”
Wounds take time to heal, sometimes it’s a few days or weeks, sometimes it could be years. The One who calls us His own is faithful and He can and will certainly do it, just like He will cause us to walk in His path where He calls us.
1Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
When we are willing to welcome Jesus in and allow Him to do His work in us, healing begins. As we face and struggle with brokenness in our lives and relationships, let us welcome Jesus in to start the healing process. “The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.'” (Deuteronomy 1:6)