By Jocelyne Maldonado
My uncle passed away Sunday night.
We got the news Monday afternoon that he’d been shot while working in Ohio with his construction job.
I’ve had a lot of feelings/emotions.
Today I take comfort in this:
Jesus wept. John 11:35.
It’s so important to note this verse. Jesus stopped and did this: Jesus wept.
He sympathized and mourned.
Jesus was God in the flesh.
He KNEW that Lazarus would rise again.
Fully God and fully human, Jesus felt all of the feelings, felt it all.
My feelings, and questions do not scare him like they scare me.
I am taking comfort in that although I don’t know how to react to certain situations in my life and feel frustrated with the uncertainty, God draws near to me through my tears.
Sometimes all I can do is cry my emotions out. And right now, if that’s all I can do, that’s okay. Because if Jesus cried, so can I.
I go to him with tears in my eyes and confidence in my heart and find the mercy and grace to help me in my time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
And even though sometimes you don’t quite understand why things are happening, and God’s plan isn’t clear,
Loss, change, and tragedy are around.
Emotions are all over the place, not knowing how to react and that’s ok.
even through the uncertainty,
even through the pain,
even through the helplessness,
God is still God and God is still good.
“I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.”
This is what God showed me.
I hope that it helps you or anyone in whatever area of life where comfort may be needed.
He is close to the broken-hearted!!
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”