“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
– Psalm 34:18
When I was diagnosed by my doctor with appendicitis, there was a certain area that triggered a reaction when the doctor pushed on it. The pain indicated the location of my brokenness. As uncomfortable as it can be at times, learn to trust your pain. Pain may be your closest ally. Pain may save your life. Trust your pain and observe your response to the places that trigger a reaction when pushed.
As a father, as much as you would like to take away the pain of your children, you have to trust the pain. It is through pain that kids are able to communicate that they are hurting. A baby cannot talk, but there is a cry that alerts parents when there is a serious problem. A mother and father can recognize the different cries that come from their baby. They cry when they’re hungry, wet, uncomfortable, or mad. But there is a special cry that comes from a baby that tears your heart out, a cry that lets you know they are hurting. This cry urges you to rush to their side and causes you to cradle your child in your arms. As much as you want to take the pain from your child, you cannot because it serves a purpose.
There is a sound, a cry that comes from God’s sons and daughters. A cry that brings God to your side. This cry causes Him to cradle you in His arms. God wants the pain and suffering to be over, but it must serve its purpose. God receives no pleasure from your pain. Your Heavenly Father finds it more difficult watching you suffer than you do watching your own children suffer. God is always with us. He never leaves us, never forsakes us. He has a soft spot for those who are broken and hurting. When our pain is the greatest, His presence is the strongest.