A post from several years ago about life found in Christ.
10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And 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. 15(John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”) 16And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:10-18
Do you remember the Joan Osborne song If God Was One Of Us from several years ago? Verse 14 of this passage makes me think of this song. I particularly love the way it starts:
“The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”
The simple answer for Ms. Osborne’s song is that yes, God was, and is, one of us.
Life is hard. It is hard for everyone. We each face different crises and troubles. Something that can make these times easier to face is the presence of friends, and others that understand what we are going through. In my introduction to counseling class during college, the professor talked about showing empathy, rather than sympathy, to those we counseled. Showing sympathy lets someone know you feel for him or her. Being empathetic lets someone know you understand how he or she feel, and why they feel that way. We all want to know that others understand what we are going through. Well meaning friends sometimes cannot give much comfort if they do not truly understand the situation. Those that have been through the same thing, or similar things usually give the best advice and support.
That is why I love the aforementioned verse. Jesus does know! Jesus does understand. We have a God that knows exactly what we are going through. He walked along this earth and faced same and similar struggles. We have a partner in Christ that we can lean on in times of despair.
Today I encourage you to realize that you are not alone in this world. No matter how dark things get, God is there. He understands. He cares. Lean on Him today and let Him sustain you as you continue to walk.