I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” …. (Job 3:26).
Job felt the depth of his pain after such great loss, heartache, and pain that he literally sat in the dust lamenting his grief for seven days.
Pain is a real and inevitable reality in a world broken by sin. I wish this wasn’t the case. I really do. I wish we didn’t have to experience deep suffering, loss, and pain, but the reality of this present world is that a better day is coming. A day where there will be no mourning, sickness, crying or pain.
How do you explain the goodness of God to a teenager broken over their parent’s divorce or the loss of a friend? How do you tell a grieving mother that God is good after a great loss in her life?
You don’t. You simply sit with them in the dust and by your willingness to cry with them in their pain, you SHOW them the love of God. The healing, transformative and gracious love of God that lives inside of you through the resurrected Christ.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s not our place to fix people shattered by life. We simply serve as little pieces of God’s loving grace to them. As we sit with them in their pain, we become the healing salve of the love of God.
Does that make all their pain go away, certainly not, but it makes that moment a little less burdensome. I wonder who today might need a friend that’s simply willing to sit with them in the dust and act as the healing salve of God?
Father, help us to become your love for others. Forgive us when we try to fix hurting people. Help us to act as your love to them instead. We want to sit with them in the dust if that means they will experience more of you. Let it be so, in Jesus name, Amen.