I often feel that I was born with an overly tender heart. When I know or hear of other’s experiencing tough things, I literally feel my heart aching and a heaviness in my chest. It weighs on my mind for so long and I feel a fervent need to help them, even though in most circumstances there is little that I can do.
This heart of mine has been bombarded lately with the trials and hardships of several people who I know and love. I want so badly to be able to take away their pain, right their wrong, fix what has been broken, or restore what has been lost. But I can’t.
When life doesn’t go as we planned or when hard or bad things happen, it is our nature to ask “Why?” These events can also lead us to question the reality of God and His knowledge of and love for us.
With all of this on my mind this Monday morning, I want to promise anyone who reads this that God is aware of you and that He does love you. We do not always understand His ways or His timing, but we can trust that He loves us perfectly.
Just as I feel the need to show my love and fix the troubles of those who suffer, God wants us to turn to Him in our times of need. When we turn our hearts to Him, we can feel His love for us. We can also be strengthened in the knowledge that because of Jesus Christ, death is not the end, wrongs can be erased and burdens can be lifted. It is all part of a perfect plan created by a loving Father in Heaven.
This life is full of hard things, but when you are in the midst of one of life’s tough storms, I hope you remember this wonderful quote by Linda S. Reeves:
“I do not know why we have the many trails that we have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to tour merciful, loving Father, “Was that all that was required?””
I hope you feel God’s love for you today and everyday!