When our unthinkable happens or when we are desperate, how do we have confidence in our prayers?
When life has taught us hurt and people have consistently let us down, abused us or ignored us, how can we cling to faith in an unseen God?
How can we feel love when life has shown us we are unloved?
For most people, life is not easy. Hurt people are actually the majority.
What do I want you to understand the most about those two sentences? You are not alone.
It takes hurting in this life to have growth and to gain strength. It takes hurting to cultivate an unwavering faith and hope. If you were always strong in handling your pain, how would you know the blessing of being able to turn over your hurts and let go?
But these moments when we are hurting, we feel alone and insecure. We feel small in our pain and trusting in something we can’t see feel unnatural.
More times than I can count, I have rushed to the aid of my children who are hurt or afraid. The very moment of pain or fear causes them to break down and cry. Feeling small and helpless in their hurt. It can be a splinter, bruise, the dark or a nightmare. The source matters very little but their reaction is the same. They cry out for help. Time has taught them that the moment they cry out, a parent will be there to fix it.
Children have an unwavering faith in their parents to fix what is broken, wounded or shattered. Life has taught them at that point that they can trust this.
I have watched my children playing outside. Sometimes one will trip and fall. Often they pick themselves up, dust off and return to life. They are gaining endurance in what they can handle and they do not call out. But every now and then, it’s more than they can dust off and they cry for help. Help always comes in those moments. Sometimes in a band-aid, sometimes in a warning to be more careful, but help always comes from love.
A child has confidence in a love that will be there when there is hurt. As we mature, how have we forgotten this about our Heavenly Father?
Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
When we need it. When we are hurting. When we feel most alone, small and insecure; we should be bold in our confidence of a help that comes from love. Life may have taught us hurt, but His love teaches healing beyond the hurt. An answer to our most desperate cry.