Below the surface my heart is heavy. More families/lives are collapsing around me. Time and again, lives that looked so enviable, rocked by tragedy. Life can be brutal. I find myself wondering: Is this what midlife looks like? Is this the season when people/relationships start to show signs of their age & wear by falling apart? How many others around me are secretly struggling? How can we learn to love and support one another in a way that helps keep things from getting desperate?
This afternoon I was praying about how to encourage people in my life who are in the eye of various types of personal storms. I want to show them empathy, love, grace & truth. I don't want to just share more trite, cliched or empty words.
Then I stumbled across this quote from Pastor Tullian Tchividjian:
Jesus doesn't stand at the top and shout down, "You can make it." He stands at the bottom and whispers, "It is finished."
|Thanks, Lauren for the graphic.|
We focus on the circumstances, our fear about the future and what might happen next. He urges us to keep our eyes on Him and His eternal perspective. When will we learn to stop looking at the storm fearing the fallout and focus instead on the only one in history with the ability to calm storms by the sound of His voice?
I am bewildered by the way things happen in this world on a daily basis. My heart gets tired of caring sometimes. There are few easy answers. I don't know why God allows all this suffering to exist, but I am reminded by the words of Tim Keller to "look at the cross of Jesus. It can't be that He doesn't love us. It can't be that He is indifferent."
Do you see Him, the Son of God, hanging there, willingly...to cover this? It breaks His heart, but it has not caught Him by surprise. He has already fought this battle and won. It may not always feel like it, but it IS finished.