“I believe in God. I believe Angels guard me and I believe in the power of Prayer.”
Life is full of splendor and beauty. The magnificence of creation surrounds us, with all of its colors, textures, scents and sounds. So often we hear talk of people just wanting to escape into nature for a season. Of course, the things God has created were made by the Master of peace, so that makes perfect sense! We are among those who love to soak in the calm of nature. It has a way of rejuvenating our souls.
It would be wonderful if life was only made up with times of relaxation and enjoyment, but alas, it is not so. Way back in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve experienced that Paradise we would love to know. With a subtle enemy and trusting human spirits, sorrow and sadness were introduced to mankind.
The Old Testament shares many stories of pain, tears and sorrow, brought on by the sins of men. David wrote psalms to him, expressing his restless nights filled with tears, along with His consideration toward men. In Psalm 56:8, David wrote, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”
We see God’s interactions and care for mankind, but on a whole new level when He walked on Earth as a man. When the Creator walked with, talked with and was able to touch His creation, we see the compassionate side in action.
During Christ’s earthly ministry, He was able to experience the emotions of humanity from our point of view. At one point, even Jesus wept (John 11:35). He further felt the emotions of loneliness, isolation, betrayal, anger at injustice and more.
We have known and believed that God is love. It is the very essence of who He is. That love was put on full display when He walked among the people of the earth. He demonstrated it in His love for the children. He proved it when He forgave the adulterous woman when others desired for her to be stoned. His horrendous, horrifying death on the cross revealed His love more than any other event in history.
Knowing His love for us, it is additionally consoling to know He is here to help us. We may not see Him in the flesh any longer, but He promised to send the Comforter to us, which is His Spirit (John 14:26).
He knew there would be times of hurting in our lives. He understood our hearts would get heavy, and our tears would sometimes flow like rivers. When He could no longer literally put a hand on men’s shoulders, He still promised to be near. When He was no longer physically able to give hugs to the children or speak audible words of encouragement to the women, the Comforter was still promised.
That’s the kind of God we serve. He is touched by our hurts, frustrations and sorrows. He is there to listen and calm our minds and souls. He’ll sustain us.
Psalm 34:15 reminds us that, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.”
What a loving and caring God we serve!