I’d much rather write a blog post titled, “the blessing of success”, “the blessing of victory”, “the blessing of discovered dreams”, those all sound pretty sweet! “The Blessing of Heartache” doesn’t really thrill me, but I am learning that there is truth in it.
The situation itself doesn’t matter because hurt is hurt, right? I don’t know about you but I don’t like feeling hurt, I just want it to go away. I will attempt to ignore it, numb it, block it out, whatever it takes, to just not feel it!
I was sitting in church a couple Sunday’s ago and feeling some fresh hurt. I had walked through a few days of tears and heart ache and just wanting the situation to be different and for all the feels I was feeling to go away. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about?
As I sat in the church pew, I felt God speaking to my heart, so I listened as He reminded me that He gets it. He knows hurt, He knows what it feels like to be rejected, He knows the feeling of loneliness, He is well acquainted with grief, He knows what its like to feel overwhelmed by what you face tomorrow. What comfort I felt as He reminded me that He understands my hurt, He understands yours as well and because He loves us, He hurts with us.
At that moment, I felt something that is definitely not my normal response, but I was thankful for the what the heartache I’m walking through reminds me of. The hurt causes me to realize to a greater degree how much I need God. How I need His comfort, His wisdom and His strength to make it through. The hurt causes me to make changes I might not make otherwise. It’s easy to get comfortable, it’s easy to settle for less than the best and pain can cause me to move and make a change.
For those things I am thankful, and if pain leads me to realize these truths down deep in my soul, then there is blessing in the heartache. You see, God cares more about our hearts, more about our eternity than our current circumstances. Sometimes the heartache produces the change we ultimately need and for that we can all give thanks, even when it’s hard and yes, even if it hurts.