What Does the Christian Walk Look Like When...
Tears are words the heart can’t say…
I’m living in a world full of the unexpected. I live in a world of disappointments. I live in a world where moms of young children are diagnosed with stage four cancer. I hear of little babies not knowing if they will live one more day because the medical staff simply “didn’t have answers.” I live in a world where abuse is rampant. I live in a world where people can ruin other people. I live in a world where we are given choices and more often than not, the wrong decisions are made. What then? Be happy? Slap a smile on my face? Think positive, and all the darkness, sadness, pain, and discouragement will fade away – the sun will come out? No, the sun doesn’t always shine. We will not always receive the expected results. Yet, the Son is always near.
Life is full of the unexpected. It is loaded with disappointment – in ourselves, our careers, family, and friends. So what then? What do we do? When we feel unable to help ourselves – what then? When we are weak – what then? When our hearts feel like they’ve been thrown into a food processor – what then?
I’m reminded of two words: Jesus wept
It’s the shortest Bible verse and possibly, the most powerful. I’ve skimmed over it too often without catching its significance. Jesus, the one who created the entire world, life, joy, and peace – wept! He suffered! He lost friends, family, trust in people, and even His very life. God sent Jesus to the earth knowing He would suffer. He sent Jesus knowing we would suffer.
In the times of deep wounds, unanswered questions and puddles of tears, know the reason Jesus may be quiet is because He is weeping for you. He is weeping with you. He never told Mary and Martha, “Don’t worry – you’ll get over it (although He knew they would).” He didn’t say, “This will eventually be something I want to use in your life (although I’m sure He did).” Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He kindly reminded Martha that although she may not have understood things at the time, He was there! He then asked where they had laid Lazarus. Then He wept. Twice in this passage, it says Jesus was deeply moved. There is another passage similar to this in John 20:11-16.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I DON’T KNOW where they have put Him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking He was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Imagine Jesus calling you by name. Imagine in the disappointments and the pain, He calls *your name* and says, “I’m here. I made you. I knew this was going to happen.”
Jesus is not far off although Satan will try to convince us He is. He’s not too busy fixing everything else. He’s standing beside me waiting for me to cry out to Him and if I don’t, He gently says my name.
HE IS HERE
He is here
He stands in the pain
He is here
And evil will abstain
He is the Lord
Maker of heaven and earth
He’s guarding me with
His sword causing in my life rebirth
He is here
Not weary from my tears
He is here
He’s the solution I can adhere
So in the midst of the unexpected
My Lord Jesus Christ is my expected
He calls me by name
He’s not ashamed and even created my frame
He counts the hairs on my head
He never lets my food run out
He knows when I lay my head on my bed
And His love for me can never be put out.
Christine Perry | DPW Guest Writer
Christine Perry is number five in a family of seven children. She has been involved in ministry most of her life and launched her website learningtobefearless.org in 2015. Christine knows that every breath, every person, every season and every day is a gift from God. She has experienced deep heartache and great comfort fromGod through every valley. Her desire to be an encouragement not only through her writing, but also by the way she lives.