Compassion Brings Hope to Helpless People
Yesterday I got some bad news. Last night I couldn't sleep.
The walls closed in around me. My heart ached. My mind would not stop, would not silence itself long enough for me to rest.
Rest. That fleeting blessing I often took for granted fled from me.
I got up. Couldn't lay in bed anymore, drenched in my tears and sweat. I pulled the book out, torn pages, dusty cover, dreaded truth as painful as a two edged dagger piercing my heart.
I read my Bible. I prayed. I cupped my shaky hands together, my tears falling down my chin into the cup of my palms, onto the pages of my Bible.
I gave it all to God. I told him everything. I poured out my heart and soul, there in the blackness of the dim lit living room. There, in the midst of my heartache, my grief, I surrendered.
Then something happened.
My mind stopped. My body calmed. My tears dried up. I laid back down, giving thanks in my mind to my creator who lives and saves, and I slept a peaceful rest.
When I wake again, I know God heard me. When I face hardships again, I know he knows. I am me, he is God, he is greater, and he is in control.
Our hardships are designed to strengthen us
Hardships prove you for who you are. They will break you down or build you up. They will cause sleepless nights and seasons of restlessness in you.
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." Second Timothy 2:3. It means to suffer evil. To have trouble. To endure affliction. To be a partaker of affliction. To bear up courageously.
In other words: Hardships make you feel as if you are being pulled in too many directions but you have no clue in which way to go. So you stop dead in your tracks, you are forced to wait. You have no clue what to do now, you feel utterly helpless; and it feels as if God himself has planted your feet upon the ground and you are going nowhere! You are now at a desperate impasse. You have been left helpless.
Every one in life has experienced a sense of helplessness at one time or another. We don't know how we got in that situation and we for sure have no clue how to get out of it. So we let our circumstances rob us of receiving any provision and blessings from God Almighty.
We are forced to face brick walls and closed doors until we realize all we can do is look up to Christ: A hard task to accept when we can sometimes be stubborn, impatient and way too dependent upon ourselves. "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye mighty receive the promise." Hebrews 10:36.
We need to remember that the same God who created us also created in us the strength to carry on when adversity or hardships come knocking at our door."Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer." Romans 12:12.
Loneliness and helplessness is a hardship. Look at people suffering with cancer: they know they could die, but they fight on anyway. They fight to keep the hope alive that with enough compassion, they may live.
There is a reason for every struggle, why we feel at the end of our rope, why heartaches pound at us like a raging tide. If you look around you see people struggling everywhere, but there is hope for the helpless.
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." James 1:12.
Look up! For the God who created you in Christ Jesus is greater than what you are going through now. "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12:2.
I have learned to be understanding of people in need. I have also struggled to have patience when I wanted to run the opposite direction! Our feet screams at us to run straight into our motives, which are fueled by unsteady emotions. And emotions are unreliable. "For we are saved by HOPE..." Romans 8:24.
If you want a good lesson in the art of compassion and hope, visit a nursing home. Visit the infant NICU. Try the cancer wing in a children's hospital. They all have one thing in common: HOPE. And the one thing that keeps them going is the awesome blessing of COMPASSION. To see people having such hope and perseverance through their trials should be a testament to the rest of us when we face hard times as well.
We need to remember that hardships will come and go. But time teaches us the wonderful virtues of endurance. Strength training. Perfect bodies are not achieved in one day. God did not create the world in one day.
We learn in our hardships and learn patience just long enough for God to teach us COURAGE, to have HOPE, to bear our hardships with an even-tempered PERSEVERANCE. To be STEADFAST. To grasp our FAITH. All for the sake of God giving us a better future.
God does not put more on you than you can bear. He does make a way through the darkness when we see no light at the end of the alley. He is greater than us and only has the best in mind for our well being. Taking that into consideration, lets take up our faith, rebuild our hope in Christ, and learn to rely strictly on him for our needs.
He is the one in whom true compassion is taught. He is the one who has brought hope to the helpless even through the most despicable of circumstances. Christ did not die on that cross for nothing. It will never be in vain. So take heart, and see that if you want to know what true compassion is, learn about Jesus Christ. Because he is the author of true love, bringing hope to the helpless.
"Charity beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." First Corinthians 13:7. Now that is true compassion.