Parenting kids will cause us to experience the worst nightmares and the most beautiful memories. Both the nightmares and the beautiful moments bring forth the vulnerability of our hearts. And in this vulnerability, we need a safe place to land.
One of my sons was having a hard day. Their internal turmoil exploded at…yep, me. It was hurtful, made me angry and at one point I didn’t respond well. That night I found myself in my bedroom crying out to the Lord. He is a very present help in time of trouble.
Jesus redeems every heartache, turns terrible moments into treasured lessons, and teaches us how to experience the tension between being hurt by someone we love and still acknowledging how deeply we love the one that hurt us.
Jesus loves well. And he teaches us that love brings a vulnerability that is uncomfortable, for when we acknowledge our deep love for the one who deeply hurt us… we enter the painful beauty of raw admission and real heartache.
Hebrews 12:2 reads “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus experienced horrid torture. Can you imagine the pain–mental, emotional and physical pain that he was willing to endure because of love?
The depth of love enabled Him to welcome this tension between the nightmarish experience and this beautiful moment. A moment that He knew would lead to eternal restoration for all who would receive Him.