Holding on through Heartbreak – Encouragement for Today – May 25, 2017

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Holding on through Heartbreak – Encouragement for Today – May 25, 2017

Lysa TerKeurst May 25, 2017
Holding on Through Heartbreak
LYSA TERKEURST

“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 (NIV) We’ve all felt the sting of deep hurts, disappointments and how we thought life would be. But even though I’ve experienced devastation firsthand, sometimes I really struggle with how to help others hold on through the heartbreak. A few years ago, a dear of friend of mine was going through a divorce. I remember agonizing over how to help … what to say, what not to say. So, I avoided reaching out for fear of saying the wrong thing. Until one day when a moving truck pulled up to the front of my friend’s house. Sometimes moving signifies something exciting and new. Sometimes … it doesn’t. This move signified an end. A few hours into the process of emptying her home, the movers carried out her wedding portrait, and called to her, “You want these photographs to go with us, or are you taking those separately?” “I’ll be taking those separately,” she said, the irony not escaping her. Separately. That was how she’d be living now. Separate from the way she thought her life would be. She took the wedding portrait from the mover as a feeling of confusion washed over her. She sat down on the front steps and called me. Through her tears she said, “I don’t know what to do with this portrait. What do you do with the things that have no place anymore? We built a life together and now there’s no more together. There isn’t a place for that in my mind. What am I going to do?” As soon as I heard her shaky voice, I felt so awful for not calling. And though I still didn’t know exactly what to say, I knew this was my time to do something. So I finally said to her, “I’m crying with you. I don’t have answers, but I do have prayers. And I’m going to write out conversations I have with God, so you’ll know He’s not being silent right now. He sees you. He hears you. And through His Truth He will comfort you.” I pulled out my Bible and poured out the hurt and sadness. “God show me. Show me the right truths. Use my hand to write out some comfort from Your Word for my friend. She’s afraid and needs Your comfort more than ever.” I put pen to paper and wrote out the verses God revealed to me in conjunction with what I felt Him impressing on my heart. MeLord, I have to tell You it’s a hard thing to watch my friend hurt so much. She begged You to help her marriage, and it feels like You don’t care. The Lord: Do the words of Job 17:11a express the way you are feeling? “My days have passed, my plans are shattered.” (NIV) MeYes, Lord, and I’m confused. Lord, don’t You see her tears? If seeing her sadness breaks my heart, I know it must break Your heart, too. It’s hard for me to understand why this happened. The Lord: Recall the beauty of trusting the only One who can see what is and what is to come. Remember my words in Nahum 1:7 … “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”

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