Natalie Widener

Have you ever gone through something so difficult that you didn’t even have the words to pray? Sometimes the tears you shed are the only “words” you can muster during these difficult times.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle.

You have recorded each one in your book.

Psalm 56:8 (NLT)

God loves us so much that He remembers our hurts! He feels the pain and heartache we feel, and wants us to come to Him and just rest. Some days when it’s too much to bear, I dream of running to Jesus and jumping onto His lap, resting and crying it all out. Just like running to an earthly parent to help fix our “boo-boos” and brokenness, God can be right there, too, if we let Him. Cry out to God, and He will be right there to provide the comfort and peace your heart fully desires.

That hurt reminds me of the story of Lazarus (John 11:1-44) Mary and Martha called out for Jesus to come to them because their brother Lazarus was sick. By the time He got there, Lazarus had been dead for four days. When Mary saw Jesus, she was so upset that He didn’t get there sooner. She knew Jesus could have saved Lazarus! Jesus was so moved by Mary’s pain that the Bible says, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). What a beautiful picture of the heart God has for us. God knew Lazarus would rise again, but He hurt for his friends as they hurt!

When life is too much, focus on eternity. That can be hard to wrap your head around because right now, life is hard. In this moment, life is crushing with loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, family tensions, and crazy weather that is leaving people without homes! But if we push on, and we focus on God and what He is doing in our lives, we can have hope. This life is just a temporary moment compared to the eternity we get to spend with Christ. Then the pain will cease. No more tears, no more heartache. All made new.

Prayers and blessings to you all.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4