Today’s post is shared from one of my favorite Christian authors. Her words touch my heart and stir my soul. And after the barrage of negative social media thrashing and the unexpected in-person conflicts, I need a dose of her wisdom.
The Bible’s wisdom. That’s the only kind that will make a difference in the long run.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:3
Jesus knows all about being blindsided by people who called themselves a friend. He understands the agony when the people closest run away when you need them most.
And through it all, He still loved them. He still loves us.
But how do we react?
Here’s Holley’s take on it:
It’s in times like these that retreat seems safest and sanest. Let’s go home and shut the doors, bar the windows and disconnect the doorbell. Gather round with our stockpiled faith and ration out just enough to survive.
Most of all it seems tempting to safeguard our hearts. Just take them right out and stick them in the solid metal safe at the back of the closet. Then forget the combination. Forget what once beat in our chest.
Because I am tired just now. Not so much in my body but in a deeper, invisible place. The one that sees the best in people, that reaches out in love, that keeps believing folks can change. And as I lay in bed the other night I talked to God about it. Into the darkness it seemed He whispered something like, “I get it.”
And I realized, suddenly, He does. More than I can know, more than any of us comprehend. He knows what it is to love and love. To extend yourself so far that you are, oh, stretched out on a cross. And then to be rejected or dismissed or misunderstood.
Read the rest of the post here.
Whatever you need to get through today (and tomorrow), Jesus has an ample supply. He’s waiting for you to see that he “gets it” and will provide what you ask for in faith.
No need to be weary or faint in your minds. Jesus has the remedy.
What ways have people been trying to discourage you lately?