She was one of the kindest, most loyal and loving people I know. My friend Lyndall was more than just a friend; she was a spiritual leader and mentor in my life. If I asked for prayer, she wouldn’t hesitate to seek God on my behalf. She prayed for my writing ministry, every time I spoke, every book I wrote she was there to encourage and cheer me on. I miss her.
Grief has been all too present in my life these last few months.
Losing my friend hasn’t been the only hurt within our church or community. It seems as if there something new every day that is plaguing our hearts with deep grief. As I read a post this week from someone I respect who dealing with a very severe hurt, this thought overwhelmed my mind as I read the heartfelt response to her crisis. Does it matter how we respond when everything falls apart?
As a believer, we will face trials and difficulties, if we don’t share our pain or react in a way that honors God we are missing a chance to share the Gospel. When we hide our messes and imperfections, the world starts to believe the enemy who tells them they will never be good enough for God. When there is heartbreak, and we respond as the world does then we are not sharing any hope.
As His child we sing a different song, we proclaim a different name.
In our broken chaos, we display just how much we are not enough on our own and why we need Jesus. We show the world what it means to be covered by grace, despite the hurts of this life. Our response counts. When pain comes Psalm 34:18 is a promise of God; “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (NIV) The Father is near, God brings comfort when nothing else can touch the hurt we feel, He brings people who will sit with you, listens and prays, and He will bind up wounds that only He can heal.
When everything falls apart, our fleshly response is to run and hide, to escape and look for cover. We want to be anywhere trouble cannot find us. But, the truth is we cannot run from trouble, in a sinful world it will always find us. Being God’s child does not exempt us from pain. It’s what we do with the pain that will say it all.
Whatever you are facing today, whatever trail, heartbreak or let down, know this; God has not left you, He is near to your broken heart friend. While the days may be difficult, He sees you, and how you respond to the hurt matters. It will reflect to a lost world where your hope lies.