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Thursday, February 7, 2008

What Breaks My Heart

As we live in this broken world there are so many things that break my heart. I really am a pretty positive person and I try really hard to give people the benefit of the doubt. There are times that I just see things around me and hear things that make me so sad.

This entry isn't intended to make us sad. The reality is that when I am faced with something that bothers me I just can't always let it go. It stays with me. I think about the people involved and I pray for them. I try to figure out ways to help or think about what I would do if I were in the situation. Sometimes that thought is just too scary and I would never, ever want to face the things that I see. Again, the reality is that we are all human and whether we know Christ as Savior or not, we all are apt to face trials and difficulties that we never intended to face.

In the last several months I have had three different ladies share with me that they are living in terrible circumstances in their homes. I have never faced the troubles they face and really do not know how to respond, but for some reason the Lord has allowed them to share with ME! For days I did not know what to do. I didn't know if I should talk with them and give what little advice I did have or if I should even try with them simply because I have no point of reference. All I know to do is pray! I did remember, however, that I prayed a while back that the Lord would allow me to help someone. I asked Him to bring someone into my life that I might encourage. He answered!! Three different times!! It just breaks my heart to see fear on someone that I care for. They each are so desperate to be rescued, and yet I do not know how to help them other than to cry out to our Strong Tower on their behalf. It really breaks my heart.

We are also starting a special needs ministry at our church. I am excited to see what all the Lord has in store for us and yet I see children in such need of help. I see families that are exhausted from trying to care for their special loved one. I see moms with tears in their eyes as they try to imagine what the future looks like for their child. It just breaks my heart.

Last week I took Caroline to Little Gym. As the kids played in the gym the parents stood outside watching through a window. A mom sat in a chair and a dad stood at the back of the room. There were only the three of us in the room and there was total silence. As the children finished and came out to leave a little boy ran to the mom. She hugged him so tight. He said, "Please go slow so I don't have to say bye." And then it hit me. They were divorced. The dad had custody and the mom was there to see her little one at his gym class. As they left the building the little boy got into his dad's car and watched his mom drive away. I am fighting tears now just retelling what I saw. OH! It was so painful even for me!

Sisters! I know I don't have to tell you, but we live in a hurting world. Jesus calls us to be hands and feet to those who are hurting. We do not always know what to say. We do not know what to do when situations seem impossible, but we DO know the One who is bigger than ANY problem we face. We know the One who died so that the sin in our lives will not take us to hell. We know the One who can heal broken dreams and broken hearts. We know the One who can restore peace and bring hope to our broken world.

What are we doing to share this hope? Do we allow fear to strangle His good news from our lips? Do we boldly pray on their behalf or do we allow their situations to scare us from even trying? When words do not come and decisions are hard to discern we can at LEAST get into God's Word and pray scripture over and for those in need.

Heaven forbid that we are ever in a time of distress and no one comes to our aid!

4 comments:

Valarie said...

Girl, I've lived those good-byes all too many times in my marriage! Now that I have kids of my own - I mean that came from me -I can't even BEGIN to imagine it! Thank you for this post today. I love you!
V

Melissa said...

I can't imagine either. It just tore me up and I wanted to just yell, "Can't you see what you are doing to this kid?!" Oh, I hated it for them. It would kill me if I had to deal with that. Thanks for the encouragement! Love you!!

Nicki said...

How encouraging this has been for me tonight as I do feel like we are to "carry one another's burdens" and I have been on both sides.....the fearful and the earful.....and you are so right that in those moments all we can do is say and hear, I love you and I'm praying for you.

I'm so excited for this ministry you are starting, so many people are talking about it!!! I am good friends with Angie and I KNOW this is a huge answer to prayer for her too. I am praying for you, I just love that Caroline...everytime I see her she just makes me melt!! (after she cracks me up) God is going to bless this thing BIG time! Ok sorry for the super long comment, this one just grabbed my heart!!

Melissa said...

Thank you Nicki! I covet your prayers as we begin. I feel that the Lord is going to do something big too because this is so intimidating! He is showing me that His plan WILL come regardless of what I do. :) I am excited. I am just hanging on!! I pray that the Lord will grow me through this as I see His hand at work in the lives of these families. Just keep praying girlfriend!