While the particulars are different, everyone is faced with their own burdens in life. We’re all wounded and stand in need of deep healing. And though at times we’ve grown comfortable and need to be disturbed. It’s also true that many times our souls are deeply disturbed and we need to be comforted.
To be hurt is to be vulnerable. And being vulnerable is not generally a position we like to be in, as it opens us up to the possibility of being hurt even more.
And so we get good at faking it and pretending everything is okay. Perhaps we can avoid more pain if we can only hide our limp or the blood in the water.
But simply putting on a good show doesn’t heal the deep wounded parts of our soul. And we need someone to enter into the brokenness and suffering with us – to witness and to minister God’s healing touch and presence where we need it the most.
And this is something we all need.
To be sure, love is caring for the brokenhearted, the wounded, and anyone suffering under the weight of this world. And we comfort the disturbed by entering the world of others and giving them what they need in their time of distress.
But we must learn to receive this comfort as well. Even Jesus had an angel minister to him as he prayed in agony in Gethsemane before heading to the cross.
And we must regularly receive the strength of others as well.
In the end, we allow the hurt, pain, and suffering of this life to increase more and more when we don’t learn to comfort the disturbed. And darkness is not usually far behind as sorrows increase.
Be kind and considerate to all as we are all suffering in our own ways. And this includes you.