Are You Anxious & Exhausted?
Does it seem like you’re holding your breath, waiting for the next disaster, and if you exhale, surely another thing will go terribly wrong?! That’s what anxiety feels like. It’s exhausting! Our world is anxious and exhausted.
But, Jesus “sits beside us in the lowest places of our lives, like water.” “Are we broken?” Rejected? “Do we weep?” Are we grieving? Are we afraid that we can’t take one more thing? Jesus is quietly sitting beside us, sharing in what He has already suffered as us and for us. “He sits beside us not only in our sufferings, but even in our sins. He does not turn His face from us, however much we turn our face from Him”.
- “Does He descend into violence?” He bore it!
- “Does He descend into insanity? Yes, into that darkness, too.”
- Into addiction? Yes.
- Abuse? Yes.
“Even darkness is not dark to Him.” (Ps 139:12) It was Corrie Ten Boom who said, “No matter how deep our darkness, He is deeper still.”
Love is why He came. “Every tear we shed becomes His tear. He may not yet wipe them away, but He makes them His.”
“If He does not heal all our brokenness now, He comes into it and is broken, like bread, and we are nourished.” He shows us that we can use our brokenness as nourishment for others. “Since we are His body, we too are the bread that is broken for others.” “Our very failures and weaknesses help heal other lives; our very tears help wipe away tears...”
“God’s answer to suffering not only really happened 2000 years ago, but it is still happening in our own lives. The solution to our suffering is our suffering! All our suffering can become a part of His work, the greatest work ever done, the work of salvation, of helping to win for” others eternal joy in Christ Jesus.
Now, exhale and enjoy His company!
*Written by Stephanie Miller along with excerpts from Peter Kreeft’s writing in “Bread and Wine— readings for Lent and Easter”.
**Stephanie is currently a homemaker and has been married to her husband, Les, for 38 years. They have 3 married children and 4 grandsons. Stephanie is passionate about studying God's Word and prayer and is an avid journalist who loves to encourage others through her writing.