Tonight’s Merge Student Gathering featured a message by two of our interns, Blair Hopkins and Mary Knight, on the topic of hiding our hurts (the second and final part to our Masquerade series). They opened their sermon by showing the following YouTube clip.
Looks pretty serious, doesn’t it? But at least there was a trained medical staff on the scene. And he was probably rushed to the hospital for urgent care. We all know what to do in the event of a broken bone. But what about a broken heart? Who takes care of that? Who is available to rush in and do what no one else can do? And aren’t such ailments easier to hide? To “cope” with? But wouldn’t you say, in all honesty, that such brokenness is just as harmful? Even as deadly?
The Prophet Jeremiah knew all about pain. In fact, he is best known as the “Weeping Prophet.” Isn’t it hard enough to be called by God at an early age? Better yet, imagine being called to publicly suffer at an early age? Isn’t difficult enough to be ridiculed and rejected for over forty years? How about being asked to stay and comfort those who had just rejected you for all forty of those years?
The Bible reads, “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger” (Lamentations 1:12, ESV).
Israel had lost so much. Her land and leadership. Her children. Her future. Her freedom. And Jeremiah stays. He is done crying for himself. For the things he did not deserve. Now he cries for his city. For all that she did deserve.
I pray that God heals you. I don’t know what hurt you or why it hurts you. But may he heal you completely and instantly. And may you have the strength and circumstance to tell your story to someone who needs to hear it the most. May that story be a sign that points people to Christ. Don’t be afraid to stay.