Today has been a sad day. I am sad. I am sad because my friend is sad. She has had one of those days. One of those, I can't breathe days, this is too hard days, isn't there another way days. My flinch is to try and come up with a solution, but I know that the solution for this one can only come from Jesus. So here I am...sad...heart broken and running into the fire to be with her. I will mourn with her and walk with her, as long as it takes.
Last week I had the privilege to speak about grief. Over the next few posts I am going to share some of my speaking notes on the subject.
With the news of my friend I find myself thinking about Jesus and one of his I can't breathe, very hard, isn't there another way days. We read about this particular day in Mark 14:32-42, Matthew 26:36-46 and Luke 22:40-46. It is where Jesus goes to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane with a few disciples in tow. He cries out to God...
Mark 14:34-36 And He said to the disciples, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch." And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground, and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou wilt." Here we see that Jesus, who is all God and all man, has a very human response to a very hard and painful process that he is aware that God has chosen for Him to go through. Even He asked God if there was another way. Somehow it helps me to know that Jesus struggled even for a moment with God's plan for his life. Jesus shows us what to do when God does not give us what we want, when our plan is not God's plan. We pray and seek to align what we want with what God has for us. It is not easy; it was not easy for Jesus. But Jesus loves his heavenly father and knew he could trust Him, draw near to Him.
My dear friend possibly has a long road ahead of her. I am not leaving her, even if she attempts to go it alone. We will grieve together, as she looks at all that God has blessed her with in this life.
God is good and He is near.
His final goal for us all is that our lives glorify His name
and that the world will see His ways reflected in our lives.
I will mourn with her as she mourns.
And I will pray that in the midst of all of this there are times of laughter as well.
God is good and He is near to the broken hearted.
For me, there is a peace in the knowing.
How do you come along side your friends when they are sad and broken hearted?