No pain pierces me more than that of watching helplessly when a loved one is in agony Like an unprotected nerve, it sends jolts of sharp shocks through my system, and everything inside me is in that primal, raw state of I must act! I must stop this. Now!
And so I reach into my messy storehouse of experiences, emotions, and untested assumptions with the best of intensions – and pull out solutions that don’t quite fit. After the immediate relief, the pressure on the raw nerve eased at the mere attempt at providing help, the wounded look in their eyes punches me with the fact that some pains are beyond human intervention.
Those are the times, at the very limit of my own power, when no amount of my love or wisdom or good intensions suffices, when I grasp the sober reality: I need God! My dear one needs His touch. And in that realization, helplessness gives way to faith that He will indeed step in and is already working wonders in the unseen.
From eternity, C. S. Lewis whispers, “If you had caught one breath of the air that came from Him, you would have felt yourself taller than before. Though you were a cripple, your walk would have become stately; though a beggar, you would have worn your rags magnanimously.”
Like an animal facing into the wind, I life my face upward with open mouth, inhale His breath, and exhale it in prayer. The Lord will step in.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
For You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Soli Deo gloria.