If the words would have come, I would have spoken them.
When I saw you cry, I should have told you that God keeps track of all your sorrows. He has collected all your tears in His bottle. He has recorded each one in His book. (Psalm 56:8)
When I heard your heartache, I should have told you that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalm 34:18)
When I felt your brokenness, I should have reminded you that Jesus came to comfort the brokenhearted…to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come… he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In your righteousness, you will be like a great oak that the Lord has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61)
When I discovered your loneliness, I should have reminded you that God promises that he will be your Father, and you will be his daughter, (2 Corinthians 6:18) and to be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic…for the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
I should have poured out the words of the living word of God upon your open wounds. But I fumbled over my own words, clumsily dumping pieced together truth. I should have thought more about you, and less about me. I should have breathed more deeply of the Holy Spirit, giving more room to God and less room to my own ego. I wanted you to like me, but I should have wanted you to experience God even more. I should have led you to an encounter with the Source of all peace.
Forgive my feebleness. Please don’t judge the power of God to heal and restore based upon my weak reflection of God’s glory. I, too, am a work in progress.
Know today that you are a treasured daughter of the Most High God. That he rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17) and whoever touches you, touches the apple of his eye (Zechariah 2:8). You are intimately known by your creator (Psalm 139:13) and there is no where you can go where you cannot be reached by the glorious love of God (Romans 8:38-39).