I was talking to someone tonight who is awaiting surgery, I told her to call me any hour during the night if she felt anxious and I would be there, I would pray, I cared what was happening to her. When she replied her words touched my heart, “I feel like you are my only family”. I said recently in an article that “I think all any of us want is to be happy” and I believe that to be true, but what does that mean to you?
When you are in trouble emotionally, financially, spiritually, or physically, you can’t be really happy unless you have someone who really, truly, deeply cares, someone who loves you. Recently I had “one of those days” where it seemed that everything went wrong, nothing I did was right and I had to talk to myself out loud to keep from having a melt-down. I walked into a room by myself and thought, “Everyone around me has someone to whom they can tell their problems, someone to hold their hand or place an arm around their shoulder in loving understanding except me.” I do have family but I hate to dump my cares on them, they all have enough to handle without me adding to it. As I stood there praying for wisdom and patience an old hymn came to my mind, “Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth or song, As the burdens press and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long? O yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief, When the days are weary, the long night dreary I know my Savior cares.”
There it is plain and simple, it doesn’t matter if anyone else cares, can they really solve a problem for you the way your best friend can? Bill and Gloria Gaither said it best in the lyrics of another song, “I am loved, I am loved, I can risk loving you, for the one who knows me best loves me most. I am loved, you are loved, won’t you please take my hand? We are free to love each other, we are loved.”
Think about that, the ‘one who knows me best love me most’, no need for fear of rejection or having to make yourself acceptable before you are loved, He loves us unconditionally. So you want someone to wipe your tears? Psalm 56:8-11 says “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” He must care very much to put our tears into His bottle! Who else would care enough to do that?
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Ahhh, now that makes me happy!