Have you ever gone through a series of crisis that occurred simultaneously? Though you’ve come through it all with your sanity and faith intact, you feel exhausted wanting only to crawl into the comforting arms of someone who will hold you with compassion and understanding until your soul is replenish. That’s how I felt!
Since February, I have been bombarded with crisis upon crises in every major area of my life that left me feeling abandon and isolated from family and friends. No one could connect with me in my loss because they hadn’t been where I’d been. “Lord!” I cried, “I need a hug from someone who can feel and understand what I’ve been through. Isn’t there anyone for me who can give me the comfort I need?”
As I sat with my head in my arms sobbing, I heard in my mind a sentence being repeated over and over again: “I AM THAT I AM.” Yes, Lord, I understand that You are self-existing. You are before all things. You know the beginning and ending of everything that exists because everything that exists was created by You! But what does that have to do with me and my present needs?
Tears began to roll down my cheeks as God began to speak to me. “Anna, I am the God of your past, your present and your future. I was there when you were conceived in your mother’s womb. I was there while you were growing up when you were rejected, humiliated and misused; I was there! I felt your pain when you were deserted and betrayed by those close to you. I know how you feel!
I know what it feels like to be abandon and betrayed. I was with you then. I am with you now, and I will take you safely through to your future.” Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus! As I praised and worshipped God with tears of gratitude and thankfulness, I felt the comfort of God surround me, hugging me. The weariness was gone, my soul was replenished. I was now able to enjoy life again.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way; just as we are—yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
– Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
“Dear Lord, thank You for hearing and understanding my pain and sorrows. Thank You for drawing me into Your presence, and comforting and reviving my soul. Comfort me and hug me with Your love during my trials of…”