There are times in my life when it has felt like my heart did most definitely break. I know that is true for every single one of us. It can be hard to work through heartache and heartbreak. It takes time, and it is difficult to push through sorrow when you are quite certain that your heart may not recover.
It is harder still to watch those we love go through heartache or hard times. You find yourself wishing you had a magic wand to make the sorrow and pain just go away. But there really are no wands for that. There is compassion. There is listening. There is prayer. God can heal our broken hearts, but we must give Him all of the pieces. If the person fights against the healing path, it is hard to hang in there.Giving Him all the pieces means to be willing to move on, it can mean the person must change. It can mean the person must forgive.
When I am lost or heartbroken I go to Him. sometimes I go reluctantly, or with shame. But I go. When I am full of fear and anxiety, I find myself saying “Lord, I am AFRAID, but I believe.” I know, I know…if we believe, why would we be afraid? For me, it is because my heart and head are out of synch! Circumstances that I am facing at the time might be scary, or sad, or even overwhelming. But I admit that to God, and tell Him that although I am having those human emotions that might be shaking me to my core, I still believe. I believe even though my logic and reason cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to resolve a situation, or how to determine what the right strategy may be, I know that HE knows.
Eventually, I release my cares to Him. I stop holding them tightly. Then I keep telling Him, EVERY time I am distraught or overwhelmed….I am OVERWHELMED….but I BELIEVE, Lord. You see, He knows our hearts, doesn’t He? His love endures, and He surrounds us. When we are going through a rough time, it feels as though it is taking forever. But, as our elders told us, “this, too shall pass.”
When we are downhearted, we must believe anyway. He told us “lo, I am with you always”. Yes, even on the rotten days. If a loved one is suffering, reach out to them. Reach out, even if they keep shutting you down.
Today and everyday, I challenge you to pray for the ones going through a hard time. Let’s try our best to connect with the ones who are suffering. Your hand extended to them may begin a chain of healing moments. Be patient. It takes time for the heartbroken to actively heal and make changes, if that is indicated.
I find myself returning to God and saying, “Oh, now I get it! If I had stopped running from you, and listened, I would have felt your peace flooding into my heart. I believe you will heal.” When I talk to God, it changes me. When I let Him change me, my soul sparkles.
As we move through these early days of January, I wish you a Sparkling soul and a heart filled with peace and hope.