The Great Breakup of January 1991 swept through Woodland Junior High like a social earthquake. One couple after another toppled, and it seemed no one was immune. Even the long-term couples couldn’t withstand its force. When it was over, all that remained of the junior high dating culture was a bunch of brokenhearted adolescent girls, including me.
At the time, most of us who were dumped thought it was the most horrible heartbreak of our lives. But a few decades years, later that pain pales in comparison to the heartbreak we know as adults. We watch friends endure illness, job loss, divorce, or death. We experience pain and loss ourselves. If we’re paying any attention to the world around us, heartbreak is everywhere.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
As we continue to walk through Psalm 34 this month, we find this verse in the middle of David’s praise of God’s deliverance. David seems to remind himself of God’s care for him when deliverance is delayed and heartbreak results. In the midst of David’s sadness and pain, he knows the Lord is near.
When sadness threatens to crush us, there is a place for us to seek comfort: in the arms of our Heavenly Father. He sees our pain and surrounds us with His love and peace. He will never leave us alone with our sadness. We can trust Him to lovingly mend our lives back together when the destruction of grief blasts through.
This truth isn’t a platitude that sounds nice but has no real power. And it isn’t a band-aid that we put on our grief that makes it all feel better. Grief and loss is still painful, even with the Lord. But as we run to Him with our broken hearts, He gently takes our pain, heals our wounds, and gives us the strength to go on.
We can face our grief without despair because we belong to the One who heals broken hearts. And we know that one day, there will be no more broken hearts when we are with Him in heaven (Revelation 21:4).
No matter what you face this week, our Heavenly Father heals broken hearts.
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