My heart is heavy.
It’s sorrowful, rather.
I made a quick trip back to Florida this past weekend, saw my family, and meandered through my hometown for a day. These events stirred in my heart a deep and passionate longing to come back and live in my old stomping grounds. I suppose you could call it being “homesick.”
Not only is that weighing me down but a few other thoughts are currently adding to the sorrow my heart is already dealing with. What’s going to happen? Will they be ok? What if?
It’s as if my brain never takes a day off. No matter how hard I try and no matter how much I wish to not feel this way, these feelings persist.
Have you ever felt this way? I’m sure about, I don’t know, 100% of us have experienced this at least one time or another. Sorrow is a certainty in life. Having a heavy heart is as common nowadays as is the sun rising. I think, no matter your personal opinion, that we can all agree on the fact that our world is a sad place to live in.
Hate pervades through the fabric of our lives. Human beings murder other human beings. Racism is still alive and well even though we believed such an atrocity to have ended fifty years ago. These few things only scratch the surface of the issues currently facing our nation and the world.
Should I even mention the daily sorrows that come along? Our days can be often muddled with minor, or major, events that place us in a place of desperation. Those battling through depression deal with persistent negativity drowning their minds. Family members pass away. Parents get divorced. A family member is throwing their life away…etc…
We are all far too aware of the hurts that this life brings. We are all too familiar with the pain that so often settles inside of our hearts. You may even be feeling like I do today.
And it’s only Wednesday.
Where do we turn? What can provide our hearts with hope?
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you’ll know exactly where this is going. If not, here’s where this is going:
I believe that no matter how small or large an issue is, Jesus can give us hope to overcome.
Jesus Christ knew sorrow. He was called the Man of Sorrows in the Bible. He came to love His people, the Jews, and to offer them the hope of salvation. The Jews were looking for a Messiah; someone to come and conquer their enemies. They were looking for a warrior King. When Jesus showed up and proclaimed He was the Messiah, the people listened but were quickly turned off when they saw that Jesus was not a warrior. Instead of war, He spoke peace. Instead of anger, He spoke love. Instead of rebellion, He preached respect. He went against everything they had ever wanted and their hopes were dashed.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
As you can imagine, the people weren’t happy. They rejected His message and turned against Him. All the while, Jesus lived a sinless life and did no wrong to any man yet they betrayed Him. The Jews murdered Him on a cross for blasphemy. What they didn’t know was that Jesus had willingly gone to the cross as their Messiah in an effort to sacrifice himself for their sins. Three days later He conquered death by rising from the dead!
Jesus gives hope by restoring what was dead to life.
He offers us a chance to trust in His love, to know that we are in need of a savior, and to obey what He calls us to do. The hope that Jesus offers is one that says “No matter how bad life may be, I will always be the same. I will never change!” He will always be loving, merciful, and forgiving. He will always be demanding that we give Him our all. He will always be calling us to forsake our sin and to turn from those things. His idea of hope is not the worlds.
“the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11
Jesus’ hope operates out of a knowledge that the world will only continue to get worse but that God is still faithful and can be trusted. No matter how much of our lives sin destroys, God is even more powerful to revive.
Only God can offer us true hope. That hope rests within the knowledge that God can be trusted no matter what and that if we are His children, having repented of our sins, we will see Him face to face one day.
THAT is hope.
It’s not a popular message by any means but I simply don’t care. I know that my God is good and that He can be trusted. I take refuge in knowing that I can take my needs before Him and He will listen with open ears.
I trust in God. Who are you trusting in?
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33