How many of you if the right person had compassion and empathy in their eyes, and asked, what’s troubling you, deep down in your soul? That at the right moment it would all come tumbling out in a mess of tears and run-on sentences? When you can admit, I am so not okay.
There’s more of us in that scenario than we would initially think. We all have to look mostly put-together for the many roles we play. It’s easier to laugh light-heartedly about the things that are tearing us apart inside. “Oh, you know, raising teenagers, whatcha gonna do”, “With this Covid thing, who knows what will happen….” , “You know work is crazy!”, “Who needs sleep LOL!!” …. but behind the smiles and the I’m-taking-it-all-in-stride, many times we aren’t. There’s no stride, it’s just heavy. We all carry a weight, and it often feels like we’re carrying it alone.
But you’re not alone. You’re not the only person who feels like you’re falling apart, that this thing called life is just too complicated. But you don’t have to figure it out on your own. God meets us right when we admit, I can’t do this. God is nearest when we acknowledge our complete dependence on him. He has not left us, or forsaken us. There is unlimited compassion and love for you and He knows you better than you know yourself. Brokenheartedness is the first step and our Father is listening. Always.
That also means we need to be sensitive to those around us. Maybe you’re a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of person. But even when we’re being honest with others, there are still many things we keep close to our hearts. The things we’re still working out with just us and God. When we are open-hearted with those around us, God can communicate his love to others through us. We can be those hands of love and compassion to those around us! We can carry the weight together.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.