Beloveds, I feel like there's someone in our community–maybe more than one person–who can't stop crying today.
If that's you, this letter is for you.
Dear one, if you can't stop crying, I want you to know that it's okay to come to Jesus and just say: “Jesus, Papa, Holy Spirit, help me. I can't handle the pain anymore.”
When you do that, you are not being weak. Instead, you are allowing yourself to rest. You are coming to His feet and dumping your pain there.
There's nothing saying you have to get up from that position and be all strong, either. Getting up doesn't have to be anywhere on your radar at the moment. Sometimes all you can think about–all you can do–is just to say:
And if you will do that, you can pray similarly to what David wrote in Psalm 18:16-17:
He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me” (Psalm 1:16-17).
You can pray like this:
“Father God, please send from above and take me and draw me out of many waters. I'm drowning, Lord. I can't handle the pain. Please take away the pain and help me. Deliver me from this strong enemy, for it's too much for me to handle. It's too strong for me, Lord, but it's not too strong for You. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.”
After you do that, you can just stay right there.
That's right. You don't have to pretend to be strong before you're not.
Yes, you have to operate in faith and not self-pity. You have to look at Jesus instead of staring at your own navel. But you don't have to pretend to be all better and get up and dance away, acting like life is suddenly roses and daisies as you dance through the field.
It's ok to just remain at Jesus' feet.
At that place, in that place of rest at Jesus' feet, He can and will heal your heart and help you–if you will but remain there with Him! His grace is sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in your weakness! Let Him handle your pain! Give it to Him, and just stare at Him. Shut the world out all you need to.
It's only in that place of admitting our pain and weakness, giving it to Him, asking Him for help, and staying put at His feet that we can find relief.
I am praying for you today.
Was this letter for you today? If so, please leave a comment below so your brothers and sisters (and I) can all pray for you also.