Hearing the news their son had been killed in Afghanistan has shattered lives. Homes have been destroyed by wildfires. A trusted financial advisor has swindled every last dime. A baby girl has been taken from her crib ... where is she? The doctor said, "Stage 4 cancer; no cure."
Any relief? Yes!
When? The pain hurts. The burden is heavy. The days are long. When will the shooting stop? When will I get a job? I just want my life back! Help! Somebody ... help!
Hear what Jesus says:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG).
To be broken is to be shattered. When we are hit with adversity we are shattered into a thousand pieces. Our heart hurts and the pain cuts deeply. However, we are not alone. Never alone! God reassures us:
I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you (Hebrews 13:5 MSG).
Isaiah reminded us that God is in the "fresh strength" business:
He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts (Isaiah 40:29 MSG).
The gunfire may never stop and drunks may never stop driving. Cancer may not be cured and wildfires may rage on. However, we have a God who will get us through the difficult days and the painful nights.
Healing is God's specialty. Comfort is a God promise. Hope is ours to keep. Strength is given freely. And, rest is on the lap of our Father.