It is never easy nor is it ever fun to deal with tough times. This is the case not only for yourself but for others as well. We all go through tough times. That is pretty much a given in this fallen world we live in here. We deal with pain and hurt. Sometimes it’s of our own accord and actions and other times it’s circumstances beyond our control. But the good thing is that we are not alone. As followers of Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit who comforts us in those tough times. As well, we are called to come alongside those who are hurting and be with them.
I know for me, that when I am hurting there are times that I just want to draw up inside like a turtle inside its shell. But I have come to learn that is not the way to deal with the hurt. I need my friends and fellow believers to come alongside and grieve with me or encourage me or simply to just be there. The one thing about the story of Job that gets lost sometimes is Job’s friends did do something right. At the beginning, they spend time with Job in silence. They were there for their friend. We need to be willing (myself included) to be when people are hurting.
This summer has been one of hurt for me and it has been for some of my friends as well. Even in my hurt, I have grieved for others who are hurting too. I have prayed for them in the midst of the struggles they’ve been going through just as others have been praying for me. And though I’m still in the midst of my tough time, I know that I need to be there for others who are hurting at this time too. This is something that has hit home for me more than any other time in my life. One may think “When things are better for me, then I can be there for others when they’re hurting.” but that’s not the case. In being there for others even when you are hurting, God is using that opportunity to heal you as well.
If you are going through tough times right now, find someone to talk with and be in community. God did not intend for us to make this journey alone. Look for others to lean on through this time and be willing to let others lean on you. If you’re going through a smooth time, even more so be there for those who are hurting.
Pray for one another, grieve with one another, laugh with one another, fellowship with one another. That is what we should be about as followers of Jesus, to show others that we are truly followers of Jesus and that we have a hope that gets us through tough times.