I have four girls. Sometimes I look at them all lined up and I am surprised. Four. Girls. This means there is a lot of sweetness, sparkles, glitter, clicking of high heels, dress up dresses, love and wailing. When my girls have pain, everyone knows about it on our street. 99% of the time the pain that is being felt is not even close to life threatening and the self expression doesn’t meet the situation. I have learned a trick and it is amazing how it works. When the wailing begins I can go to my child, wrap my arm around her shoulder, have her look me in the eye, tell her to take a deep breath and tell her she is ok. Then I ask her if she is going to be ok and if we can go back to playing, eating, walking at the zoo – etc. My presence, touch, attention and reassurance brings my child back to center, back to a place where she isn’t dying and we are able to move on.
We are children. We are my girls. Or at least I am, I wouldn’t want to put you in a place you don’t feel you belong. When I feel my world spinning out of control, when I feel hurt come from a place I wasn’t expecting or a change that I didn’t plan for or see coming I can begin an inner wail to my Heavenly Father. I panic, fight anxiety and reality is no longer clear. Inside I am frozen and I cry.
I wonder if this is what was beginning to happen within the disciples in John 14. Jesus was talking more and more about leaving them, the religious leaders were stepping up their game to arrest Jesus, they had to feel like their world was spinning out of control and not going how they had envisioned it. And here is the truth that we all need to hear right from Jesus’ mouth.
“Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me. “ John 14:1
Doesn’t our Heavenly Father, our Savior, know us so well? Do not let your hearts be troubled. I can see him sitting with his disciples, maybe putting his hand on their shoulders or arms. Looking into their eyes, he is telling them it is going to be ok. They are going to be ok. Believe in God, believe in me – we’ve got this.
It makes me cry the tender attention of our Savior who knows and speaks to our weaknesses in the sweetest of ways. He is a perfect parent unlike me as sometimes I roll my eyes when I hear another wail, he is always present, always comforter, always for us.
He goes on in reassuring them as he reveals a little about heaven, the place he is going.
“‘In my Father’s house there are many rooms, if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.’” John 14:1-3
My children do life best when they know what is coming. The best way to ease their anxiety is to tell them what is next. What a tender Father. And not only does he tell them what is coming, but he assures them that they have the information they need to get to where he is going.
“‘And you know the way to where I am going’” John 14:4
Thomas isn’t so sure, no I don’t know he says, how can I? And like a kind parent Jesus gently gives the truth. Powerful truth.
“‘I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
This is it for us as well. When life throws us for a loop and we feel the wail well up in our troubled hearts. We need to not let our hearts be troubled, believe in Jesus our Savior – God our heavenly Father. Keep our eyes focussed on where we are going and most of all the way to get there – through Christ. If I can remember to laser focus on who God is, what he has done for me and that he can be trusted I can better navigate life’s unexpected situations. What about you?
- Where in your life have you experienced Jesus as your comforter?
- How has belief in who God is calmed your troubled heart?
- Who needs to know Christ as comforter today, will you share from your story with that person?
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.