Pregnant with Empathy
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Isaiah 53:3
Hundreds of years B.C., the prophet Isaiah predicted Christ’s gruesome suffering.
Unlike Christ, we humans rarely choose pain. We flee from it.
Mothers accept pain to produce children, but have you ever noticed pain doesn’t stop then? Physical pain turns emotional when our beloved children make poor and costly decisions according to their “free will.”
Jesus was pregnant with this type of pain as He gazed over the city, crying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34)
When we ache for loved ones, it helps to remember that God cares about them even more.
The following random inspiration isn’t from “A Friend in the Storm,” but I pray it hugs your broken heart with hope. You’re not alone.
You suffer with the suffering,
and so I suffer too.
My tear-stained cheeks,
for weeks and weeks
still nestle close to you.
Though night pervades,
when next to Me,
My light will blaze you on.
Each shadow in your wilderness
will soon break into dawn.
~From “A Friend in the Storm”