There comes a day when your sitting or laying in bed crying your eyes out, feeling as if no one loves you. (That has not happened to me, well, lately.) What does it mean to give up in the middle of intense crisis, of suffering? Does it make you a coward for not sticking it out? No, it makes you susceptible to the world, and its lies. We are not islands, as much as the world would have you believe, and we cannot survive alone.
The other night my wife and I were driving home. My wife was playing Bejeweled on my iPad in the passenger seat, and a song by Sixteen Cities started playing on the radio. It was a song titled “Someone’s Work of Art”, and it made me start thinking about how I often get stuck on the idea that I’m worthless. While the song was a reminder of a harsh truth that exists in both our culture, and the church it was the lyrics that made me take a deeper look at the way I was seeing this world, and my circumstances.
When you look at your life you tend to see it from the “you” perspective, and don’t see it from the view of another. What I mean is that we should take a look at our lives from the perspective of our God, and Creator.
Jesus came to this earth to save those who believed in Him. He didn’t come to lord His power over us, or to take pity on us as little helpless creatures. He came to die for us, because He loved us more than anything. Have you ever been loved like that? Been loved so much by someone that they would give up their son willingly to save your life? There is a large majority of the world that has never experienced the kind of love, and its for the simple reason they have never known the love of Jesus Christ. He came to die for you, and He made that decision before the foundation of the world.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. […] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1: 1-5; 9-14
The fact is there is no life apart from Jesus, but in that life He provides we have been loved and cared for all along. For all that pain and suffering you’re enduring now He has washed it away, and the only thing we must do is let go. We spend so much time stressing out trying to find our purpose in Him, and racking our brains on how we miserable we might be in one moment that we forget to simply let it go. He broke those chains of suffering, and unlocked the shackles of sin. All the frustrations, pains, misconceptions, and despair you may feel about not being enough, He overcame.
I can only encourage you to let go. I can’t necessarily tell you how to do it, but maybe what we all need is to listen to a song like I did to find that solace that you can only find in Him.