This is a devotional I wrote going on almost two years ago. The events (the friend that called me in tears) behind this devotional and another similar one are actually the bases for my first novel, which I'm still currently working on. Mom shared this with a couple of her friends, and it was then later published in a church devotional book. I'm a little unsure about sharing this with you all, because honestly, my writing voice has changed A LOT since I wrote this, as well as the fact that I don't think I developed this enough, I think I jumped around a little too much, and there are grammar and fluidity problems galore. However, Mom asked me to post this since she's still feeling a little under the weather. So, please forgive anything that sounds ridiculously silly.
2 Corinthians 1:4
He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. (The Message)
Yesterday afternoon, I got a splinter in my finger while tutoring my 10 year old neighbor. I ran home and my mom helped me get it out. The splinter was small, but it was very painful! Mom poked and prodded my finger, and I cried out in pain several times.
Last night I was lying in bed, my mind wandering into the land of sleep, when I touched the band-aide on my finger. I thought, "Maybe I should take it off and let it get air. No, I'll leave it on." That's when I the thought occurred to me, "That's just like our hearts when we are hurting. We can open them up to healing, or we can shut them off, and never let them heal."
How many of us are hurting? Are we willing to take our "band-aides" off and expose our pain so God can heal our hearts, our lives, our feelings? If we won't let God heal us, we are choosing to carry the weight of that hurt, anger, disappointment, and bitterness which will lead to an unfulfilled life, where one looks back and thinks, "What was I doing?"
In 2 Corinthians 1:4, we are told that God brings those who are hurting to us so that we can help them, just as God has helped us. What about our friends who are hurting that God has brought to us? Are we praying for them? Are we asking God to show us ways to help them? Sometimes the most meaningful thing is just to be there when a friend needs you. I am convinced that one of my friends decided to call me recently when was upset and in tears because she knew I would be there for her. She knew I would listen to her; I wouldn't push her off; she knew that I really cared about her.
God is like that. If we will go to Him, He'll always listen; He will never push us off. If we open up, He can heal the pain. And He wants us to be an example of Jesus in the same way to our hurting friends.
P.S. Here's the one eyeball picture that I promised you last time. ;)