(listen to Housefires II Come to the River)
It’s huge on my heart often. Today I’m being so bold to share it here. This is for one (or all) of you today.
Oftentimes in the church/body of Christ we are expected to have it all together or pray away our emotions and feelings. We like tidy and happy, anything more or less is too much, too heavy, too real.
Here’s the thing, sweet struggling Friend, HE can handle it all. Your “neediness”, your brokenness, your weariness, your hurt…
It’s okay to not be okay!
Let HIM help you through this.
He doesn’t think you’re too much, or not enough.
He doesn’t find your mourning, your struggle, your __________ too much to handle.
He won’t turn you away or ask you to pray away your very real feelings.
He won’t avoid you and your pain.
He will sit with you, weep with you, help you carry this weight and move you towards hope and lighter days.
Better days are ahead but NOT because we’ve denied they are sucky/traumatic/difficult now.
Because we FACE them and truly can only do this with Jesus.
It isn’t about denying ourselves these very real emotions. It is facing them WITH JESUS. Here’s the thing, so many things come our way and we need to face the emotions of those things. WE HAVE TO.
How do we truly finding healing when we deny ourselves to feel anything… even Jesus wept. He was angry. He was grieved. He was happy. He was broken. He was afraid. EVEN JESUS.
These are very real emotions we need to face. But we do not need to face them alone. In fact, we can’t. We need Jesus to help carry the weight of all of these things. He has overcome this world.
We’ve been taught to brush aside our feelings which in turn, I believe, ultimately creates this sense that Jesus isn’t safe or leaves us feeling as though we fail again and again and again when we feel anything but joy. DENIAL ISN’T JOY. We’ve also been taught He causes these (sometimes horrific) things in our lives so He can be our Rescuer.
That’s BULL SHIT. That isn’t even in His character.
He is our Rescuer but that shit you’re walking through, or the loved one who has died, or perhaps has left you, whatever it is that you’ve experienced or witnessed… He didn’t cause this in your life to teach you something or to be your rescuer out of it…
And He isn’t asking you to be unfeeling through it all.
He’s the safest place.
PEOPLE cannot handle it all – often times Christians can’t except that we live in a broken, fallen world where God relinquished His total control and that sometimes people do horrific things, or horrific things often times happen, that God DIDN’T cause.
The truth is people can’t handle brokenness.
But Jesus, HE CAN.
He’s the safest place for it ALL.
BRING IT ALL.
“Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Or one of my fave versions, The Message: “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.