The Lord is Near the Broken Hearted

The other day I received a particularly touching email from a family member. The writer recalled a difficult time in my life and through his words, I was reminded that during that struggle, although I felt alone, God remained by my side. That reminder brought me great comfort. It didn’t take the pain of the event away. It didn’t suddenly answer a thousand questions, like, “Why did you allow that to happen, Lord?” But it provided the only answer I needed–that God was there, with me, by my side.

Somehow that made all the difference.

Wednesday, after church, as I rode the bus with some children from local low-income areas, one of the girls crumpled in her seat, crying. I sat beside her. I didn’t know why she cried, but I knew she hurt. And I didn’t have the answers for her, nor could I fix whatever problems or trials she faced. But what I could do–what I did do, was sit beside her, rub her back, and let her know she was not alone.

I leaned close so she could hear me above the chatter of children’s voices as I spoke a promise, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed” Psalm 34:18 (NLT).

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  1. It’s so good to know that His presence is enough! He’s with us during those difficult times and will see us through – sometimes delivering us out of the difficulties, other times walking close beside us as we journey through the hardships. Love the way you ministered to the girl on the bus – you didn’t try to fix her problem (something I have a tendency to do), but you let her know you cared and you pointed her to Jesus! God bless you, my sister!

  2. Thanks, Maria! What amazed me was that God provided the email the night before, I believe in preparation for my encounter with this girl. Had I not received the email and thought back to God’s presence and the comfort that provided, I might have attempted to fix it. But through the email He reminded me His grace is sufficient and that He truly what we need most.

  3. Wow! I needed this verse today! I know I keep saying that, but it’s true! I know that God led me to this blog today! My spirit is feeling crushed, and I have to be at MOPS (where I’m a Mentor) in a little while. I didn’t want to show up there with my fake smile, pretending that all is well! The scriptures and application I’ve read here this morning are exactly what I needed to remember where my hope, joy & peace comes from. I mean, I knew it all along, but this gave me the scriptures I need to cling to today. Thank you!

    1. Oh, Amy, I am so sorry you are hurting. Yet, I am so glad God’s love for you is never-ending and I know He will carry you through whatever you are going through right now. I am going to pray for you right now, that God will bring you comfort and will show you how much He loves you. I also pray that You will sense His presence today.

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