“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” – John 11:33 It goes on to say, “Jesus wept”, in verse 35.
Jesus dearly loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus. When Mary came to Him in her sorrow over the loss of her brother, Lazarus, Jesus was deeply moved. He was full of compassion for those He loved, and He too was moved to tears. His heart for her in her loss, caused Christ to cry.
For me, this is an incredible display of both compassion and vulnerability. Christ, the King of all creation, Who has the power and authority to move heaven and earth, allowed His heart to be heard as He wept. For as long as I can recall, this has been a serious spot of struggle for me. How can I be strong, if I let go and appear “weak”?
What I am learning is that what I had thought was a sign of weakness, is really a show of strength. It takes tremendous courage to be transparent in the midst of trials. Courage is required to display compassionate tears. It is easy to throw up fortress walls that are paired with “fine”. Phenomenal faith in the Father is required to really allow the raw and tender spots to be seen. Without trust in Him that He has my heart and my hand, the willingness to be transparent is totally absent.
If the Lord of my life is willing to weep when He is moved by sorrow or compassion, then I too ought to allow His hand to touch my heart as I extend it to Him. I must be willing to allow what is hidden in my heart to be heard. He will not allow my tears to be trampled. He will triumph as I trust, and He will teach me again that there is safety, even in sorrow.
My prayer is that I will continue to learn to trust Him when my heart is troubled, and allow Him to hold my hand and wipe my tears. He is tender and worthy of my trust, even in trials throws that tear me to tears.
I am so grateful for His kindness and compassion, even in sorrowful and soft spaces.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present