I know the sharp pain of feeling like your heart has stopped beating. I know the gasping that occurs when you just can't seem to get oxygen into your lungs. I know the amount of tissues needed to wipe away the tears that somehow keep falling. I know the weakness that makes you fall to the ground because your knees can't seem to hold you up anymore.
Friend, heartache is real. It may be packaged differently but hurts just the same. A call that stops you dead in your tracks. A diagnosis that leaves scarce room for hope. A breakup that shatters your dreams. A death that pangs you to your very core. A twist of events that has you questioning everything. A rejection that makes you feel absolutely worthless. A loved one so trapped in darkness while you yearn for them to find the light. A goodbye that creates a vast void in your heart. An unfulfilled longing that relentlessly pecks away at you.
"Heartache twists and twists at you like a sponge that can't possibly be wrung out any further yet, still tries for one more drop."
The pain may not be physical but your brain thinks it is and your body surely responds to it as if you've been punched in your heart and brain and gut repeatedly at the same time. Heartache twists and twists at you like a sponge that can't possibly be wrung out any further yet, still tries for one more drop.
We are living in a world of broken hearted people. We have all been there (repeatedly) or perhaps are trying to get through it now. It hurts. It's valid. But, it's not forever and it certainly is not the final word for us.
God acknowledges heartache.
Did you know the Bible actually talks about it? Psalm 34:18 says, "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit." Isn't that so precious? Actually ALL of Psalm 34 is precious. It's one of my favorites. Go read it. Our God is not far removed from our suffering. He is not stoic or unfeeling. We worship a God who sees us.
Jesus knows heartache.
In fact, He was sent for the broken hearted. The prophet Isaiah foretold this about Jesus, "‘He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, the opening of the prison to those who were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’... to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.’" The beautiful thing is that Jesus read that very passage in the temple (Luke 4:16) declaring for all that He was in fact God in flesh. In John 11:35 we find the shortest verse in the Bible yet one that is literally everything. "JESUS WEPT." We don't know why exactly but His heart must have been broken over the death of is dear friend Lazarus and the pain of His dear friends Mary and Martha. He knows the pain that knocks the wind right out of you. He gets it.
The Holy Spirit comforts heartache.
When Jesus was about to leave His disciples He told them something crucial not only for them but for us today, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." - John 14:16-18
A comforter with us ALWAYS, constant 24/7 indwelling within us, full access anytime, and peace that surpasses our understanding. Peace that can build and overflow. For example, "So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase." - Acts 9:31
“All the promises of God are there, and they’re real, and they’re true, but right now you’re bleeding, you’re raw and hurting, and you have to hang on to those promises even if they don’t seem to work for you at the moment.” - Barbara Johnson
Dear one, I hate to break it to you, but as a Kingdom kid, you're still going to face heartache. It is a lifetime thing. But, you don't have to face it alone. You don't have to sit in it forever. You don't have to live by it. Cling to your Comforter. Cling to the Promise Giver. Cling to your Healer. Allow His peace to wash over you so that you are bathed in it. His heart is for you and He knows your pain. Give it to Him today and give it to Him again tomorrow. Let Him heal your broken heart.
xo Beth Ann