Growing up, whenever my kids stubbed their toes, fell off their bikes, had relational angst, got in a car accident or experienced trouble at work, the comforting fact was that they always came to mom and dad, (mainly mom!).
“Our Heavenly Father hurts for us too. He hurts when we hurt. He cries when we cry. And he sent his Son Jesus to go immediately to the hurting and suffering of this world to care for them, to love them, hold them, and save them.”Ken MitchellI still remember the first pain cry from Ethan as a little boy when a hornet stung him. I can still hear and feel his anguish, and to this day I have a personal vendetta against hornets! That cry of pain changed me! I hurt for him. I wished I could transfer his pain on me. And I got to do something that only mom’s and dad get to do… I got to comfort him, love on him, and care for him. To this day when my grown adult daughter Rebecca calls in tears, everything stops. I’m all ears and looking for my keys to be there with her, to hold her and to give her love.
When Ethan and Rebecca hurt… I hurt. When they experience pain… I feel that pain. When they cry… I cry for them. Here’s the deal: None of us blame parents for hurts, for pains, or the adversity our kids go through! The kind of actions that Valerie and I have done for our kids are normal, healthy, and within the realm of what every good parent does!
As parents NOBODY questions our parenting, nobody questions whether we could have done something better so the pain would be gone and certainly nobody questions our existence and/or desired presence in our kids lives!
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”Psalm 34:18,19
In the same way, our Heavenly Father hurts for us too. He hurts when we hurt. He cries when we cry. And he sent his Son Jesus to go immediately to the hurting and suffering of this world to care for them, to love them, hold them, and save them.
Point? Pain and suffering in this world are not arguments against the existence of God or of a loving God; rather, they are proof positive that we all desperately need God! Take some time this week and thank God for his love, His care and His amazing plan to send his son Jesus so that we can forever be in his family!
A child of God with you!
October 11, 2017
If you missed great message Sunday inspired by Andy Stanley. Here are two links of the same message:
New Community is a North Point Strategic Partner. Contents of this blog are partly based on the North Point message series “Who Needs God,” used by permission.