I shed tears today. The emotion hit me hard. It had been building for awhile. I felt sad, really sad. But I also found myself very aware of the presence of God.
You might wonder what led me to tears. Well our emotions are rarely simple. I guess I had a variety of things that tugged on my heart. I had ministered that day to someone whose mother suffered a terminal illness. I was stressed about some deadlines. I hadn’t slept much the night before. I had a really good conversation with my oldest daughter’s boyfriend about what made my daughter special. We had a really cool talk.
I had all of these things on my mind and then I thought of one more thing…my second child, my son. He would be leaving for college in two weeks. It hit me like a punch to the gut. I froze… tried to hold back the tears, but I couldn’t. I wept.
My son is not just my son, but also my friend. His world is about to change as he launches from home. But my world is also going to be altered forever. The transition wrenches my heart.
This same feeling hit me two years ago when my daughter left for school. I know it is normal.
And I guess that is the point. Our tears are normal, even beautiful.
One of my favorite moments in Jesus’ ministry was when he came to the grieving family of Lazarus. He saw Lazarus’ loved ones crying over the death of this man. Those of you who know the story know that Jesus was going to raise this man from the dead.
Here he was, watching this family wail in grief over someone he was about to return to them. He was going to fix the situation. You would think that he would shout at them and say, “Hey, suck it up. Stop your crying. I am going to raise Lazarus. You have nothing legitimate to cry about.”
But he didn’t say that. Instead, do you know what he did? He wept. (John 11:35)
He cried with them. Knowing full well that he was going to raise this man, he first joined with them in their tears.
Wow! Jesus sees fellowship in tears. He sees the importance of feeling our feelings. He even mingles his tears with ours.
So when I weep over a change in my life or family…God is with me in the tears. I am not alone. When I weep for joy…he is with me. When I weep in pain…he is there.
God is with me in my emotions, in my feelings.
Maybe some of you are thinking right now…this blog is getting a little sappy. Maybe so, but I think I am making a point that is salient to us all.
We all feel our emotions. They play a huge part in our lives. The point I am making is that God is with us in them, even when our emotions are about a pain that he knows he is going to someday deliver us from. That is irrelevant. What is relevant is that God is with us not only in the deliverance or the solution. God is even with us in the sadness, the bewilderment, the frustration and anger before the solution is ever worked out.
God is there.
So today, when you feel your feelings (whatever they may be) know that God is with you in the midst of them.
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