This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author Pete Wilson:
“When you’re hurt or doubting, there’s nothing more comforting than hearing someone say, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ When you’re questioning and crying, there’s nothing that helps more than being told, ‘I’m in it with you.'” (Pete Wilson Plan B)
“Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.”
This past Friday was the tragedy that took place in Paris. It was horrific and heartbreaking. And it is a time where around the world there have been #PrayersForParis. It is a time to mourn and comfort with those in Paris. And sometimes all we can do is come alongside those who are mourning and sit with them and give a shoulder to cry on and weep with them.
Whether it’s those on the other side of the world or those that are next door, we need to pray for those who are mourning. We need to comfort those who are hurting. And we are to trust God will help us to have the right words to say when the time comes to speak & give glory to Him through all times.
“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
We all go through tough times in our lives. We all have storms that we have to deal with that blow through our lives. But as followers of Jesus, we don’t deal with these tough times alone. God is right there with us. He knows what we’re going through each day. He’s steady and firm through all the storms.
Jesus wasn’t worried about the storm. He was peacefully sleeping through it. The disciples were the ones who were worried. And several of them were fishermen, so they understood what dealing with a storm was like and even they were worried. But Jesus wasn’t worried. He had everything under control. He calmed the storm and made things at peace again.
Jesus can calm the storms in our lives as well. We can trust in Him to get us through any and all storms. So as we go about this week, let us trust in Him to do that.
One of my favorite new TV shows is The Flash. I’m a huge fan of the comic book character and I am really enjoying the TV show. It tells the story of Barry Allen, a scientist who works for the Central City Police Department. He gets struck by lightning and the mix of the lightning, chemicals and a blast from a particle accelerator grant him the ability of super speed. He uses his new found abilities to fight crime in the city. He also is dealing with the death of his mother as a child and his father being wrongfully accused of the death.
In one of the first few episodes of the show he made the following statement: “I thought being the fastest man alive would make my life easier. That I could outrun anything. Turns out, no one can outrun pain.” Through the course of the episode he was trying to “outrun” or not deal with pain which included still wrestling with the loss of his mother. But by the end of the episode he realizes that even the ‘fastest man alive’ can’t outrun pain.
We all want to outrun pain. We all have something or someone that hurts us. And we want to run away from the pain and not deal with it. But like Barry Allen, we can’t outrun pain. It’s there and it’s something that we have to deal with. But the good news is we don’t have to deal with the pain alone. God knows this and He’s right there with us. He sends the Holy Spirit to us. Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to comfort us, to be with us when we are hurting.
We may not have super speed like Barry Allen. But we do know what it feels like to deal with pain, whether it’s physical or emotional. And we know that we can’t outrun pain. But it’s great to know someone who understands pain. Someone who has dealt with pain and who can sympathize and empathize with us. And we know that we are not alone and have to deal with the pain by ourselves. We have Jesus with us. There’s no pain and no problem that can get ahead of Him.
For this Thursday Quote Day, I’m quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This quote is one of his more famous quotes:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.