Today's Devotional Thought
February 08, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Just What You Need
I got an email forward from a friend yesterday that really touched my heart. According to the email, a researcher had asked kids to describe what love was. There were funny definitions that made me laugh and wise-beyond-their-years definitions that made me think. And then there were heart warming definitions that brought a tear to my eye. I want to share one of the descriptions of love with you today:
A four year old was talking to his mother about his next door neighbor. According to the story, this child’s next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'
What a beautiful picture of love.
There are so many things that we will go through in this life that just hurt. And there are no words, no Scriptures, no prayers, no songs that will take away the pain instantly. And many of the things that hurt in this world just have to be endured. When a loved one hurts, we just so badly want to stop the pain. But, we can’t. Sometimes, all we can do is climb in their lap and help them cry.
Reminds me of Job’s friends and what they did before they started talking. You see, before they started talking, they were good friends. As it says in Job 2:13, when they greeted Job, they wept, tore their clothes, and sprinkled dust on their heads. They also sat silently with him on the ground for 7 days.
Sometimes loving those around us who are hurting means not saying or doing anything. It simply means sitting on the ground with them as they mourn. It means saying nothing and climbing in their lap and helping them cry.
The next time someone around you is hurting, pray that the Lord will guide your speech and your behaviors and that you will know when there are just no words for the situation. And that perhaps you should just love them by climbing in their lap and helping them cry.