When my mom was first diagnosed with cancer, my sister and I sat with her for eight hours and sobbed like babies. Our hearts and minds went to the “what-ifs.”
“What if she doesn’t live?” “What if she doesn’t make it?” “What if we lose our mother?”
We knew cancer could be terminal and it was a horrible situation. To be honest, we weren’t sure what to do.
After spending time with my mom, the first thing I did was phone a friend. I reached out to the person I thought could comfort me the most. I just wanted to cry on their shoulder and find encouragement. I think it’s natural when we are weary, hurting or burdened to reach out to whoever we trust, love, and feel comforted by the most.
I had a relationship with God. I knew and loved Him, but I didn’t know Him well. I really didn’t understand His will. He wasn’t always my first choice for comfort. I wanted Him to be, but I just didn’t know Him well enough to comprehend He was trustworthy in every painful situation.
How about you? Who is the first person you reach out to when you’re hurting? Try to recall the last time you needed someone. Did you reach out to a friend or call upon God through prayer?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
God longs for us to draw near and know Him personally. He wants us to make Him our first choice when we are in need or hurting—not our husband, child, sibling, or friend. When your heart enters into close fellowship with God, you have first-hand experience in knowing who He is. He is our comforter: loving, humble, gentle, and kind.
I encourage you to seek God’s help first. If you’re in trouble or have questions, if you’re in doubt or in pain—whatever it is—just run to God. Or as I like to remind myself, “Run to the throne, not the phone.”