I’m sure you’ve had it happen to you. Someone shares a deeply personal pain with you and your heart just aches. Isn’t it fascinating how an emotional reaction can cause a part of our body, even an inner organ, to ache—long for, yearn, hurt—as if that part of our body is crying out for help for the person in pain.

Mark shares a brief “heart ache” experience from his journal, back when his children were younger, and how he heard the Lord empathize and ache Himself for their situation:

“Last night, one of my children stopped me in the hallway to ask some questions. That led to us retreating to their room to talk. Eventually I was sitting on the floor next to them, holding them while they cried in my arms—so much internal growing pains. My heart just ached as I listened and found I had no words to say that could help their situation. I was desperate for the Lord to breakthrough into their heart with some hope.

“By the end of our time, my child drew the conclusion that the only sure thing at this time was to pursue God because at least that has lasting significance and God is a sure foundation on which to build a life, whatever that might look like in the future. Wow. I was amazed at their logic. My child asked if we could start meeting to build a foundation in God. How awesome.”

“Mark, my son, if you can feel such an ache over your child’s condition, how much more do I, your heavenly Father, ache over their struggle. I will prove myself faithful on their behalf and yours. Never forget how much more deeply my compassion flows for you both. I love them and I love you Mark. Trust Me!”

“Father, thank you so much for your love and assurance. I love you, Lord.”

“Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life. These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand-tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth. Embrace all the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good out of them. View problems (heartache) as opportunities to rely more fully on Me.” (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling)

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