Sometimes life is just more than we know what to do with. Sometimes we feel broken down, oppressed from every side. And sometimes it is someone else we care for who feels a pain we cannot imagine. You can see the ugly effects of sin around you.
I know too many who have buried babies. And I have seen the devastating effects of miscarriage. Watched people worn down by infertility. Those who go through years of the adoption process only to have it fall through in the end. Heard cries of dispair over the effects of pornography from too many. Seen the crushed face from unfaithfulness. I know people who have to hold the hand of their child before a surgery. Those brought low by failed dreams. Watched as people seem to bear the burden of our country, and the direction it is headed, on their own two shoulders. The weight of this burden is more than we can bear at times.
Lately my heart has felt broken. Broken for those who have buried people they love. Broken for a country consumed with media that exploits sex. Broken for a people who feel the need to use social media to be cruel. Broken for a country that seems to be turning its back on God. So where do I go from this point? What do I do with this burden?
I go to the ultimate example.
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled. And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. So the Jews said, "See how He loved him!" John 11:33-36
The perfect example, the Lord, wept for those He loved. He wept because of the pain they had suffered. He wept because He loved them to the point of being greatly troubled in His spirit.
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me…" John 11:40-41
He wept with them first. But that is not the end of the story. He wept, and then He reminded them of the glory of God. Those who believe on the Lord will one day see the glory of God.
And then the Lord lifts up His eyes to Heaven and thanks His Father for hearing Him.
You see friends, the story does not end with weeping. It begins with the weeping. Crying for those you love. Weeping because of being so deeply moved and troubled you feel there is nothing else to do. Oh, but then it moves on. Then we remind ourselves of the great and mighty glory of God. That even though we may not be able to understand it all right now. There is something greater. Someone greater. A God who loves us and cares for us. A God who gave His only Son for us. And He wants to show us His glory. He wants us to lift up our eyes to Him and to know that He hears us. He hears the broken cries. He knows the depth of pain.
So if you find yourself weeping, broken down, and burdned beyond what you can carry, know that it is okay to weep. If you are burdened for others, know that you are showing them the same love and care the Lord Jesus shows. But do not let it end there. Lift your eyes up and see the glory of your Father in Heaven. And take comfort in knowing that He alone can fully understand. And He is listening to your cries.
May you know comfort that only God can give us today,