Years ago, I used my pressure cooker a good deal. It was handy to cook ribs quickly and then I’d simmer them in bar-b- que sauce after a hard day at work. That was in the days before I had a slow cooker. I had to be careful to adjust the temperature correctly and was grateful for the thing-a-ma-gig, I called a rocker, that would release excess steam. I sure didn’t want the top to blow off. Well, GOD has given us a rocker- so to speak. HE has given us tears to release pressure when stress builds up.
A few days ago I sought out another believer to pray with me. I shared my heart, that I believed GOD was in control in the crisis situation we faced, but my emotions were on the surface and I felt weepy. That believer mocked me and said with great disdain in her voice, “I thought you were a great prayer warrior.” Those words crushed me. Instead, of stopping to pray with me for encouragement and strength, she looked down her nose on me. That hurt.
I never doubted that GOD is in control of the situation and is at work behind the scenes, but I needed someone to come along side. Since she didn’t, GOD, HIMSELF, doctored the wounds she inflicted by reminding me that JESUS was full of emotion as HE cried out over Jerusalem Luke 13:34 (over the sins of others) and how at another time it clearly states, “JESUS wept” (John 11:35). My tears were not bad. In addition, HE sent two others to affirm me. First, my daughter, Shirley and then a friend reminded me of how our ALMIGHTY Sovereign GOD cares so very much that HE keeps our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8).
Our GOD is so good. When HIS child would not help me, HE stepped up to the plate and did it HIMSELF, because HE is on my side. As it says-everything is for our benefit… and achieving for us (2 Corinthians 4:15-18) Or, as Romans 8:28 puts it, GOD works all things (even mockery) together, for an end result of good, for those who love HIM…
Then an opportunity came, and I was able to comfort another, with the very comfort GOD had given me (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Praise HIS holy name!
Just think, that hurt from the mockery prepared me for the opportunity to encourage another, in the fire of affliction, that emotions are OK. I am so grateful for the fresh tenderness my GOD put in my heart through the hurt. It made me ready. For through the put down I’d just experienced, I was very aware of how sensitive we can be when the pressures of life bear down on us. GOD really does qualify us and make us fit for to do what HE has prepared for us to do (Colossians 1:12, Ephesians 2;20).
Remember, it is OK to feel. It is OK to cry. Emotions do not mean lack of faith, they are a gift from GOD to release some of the pressure of life. We just must not let our emotions rule us.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of our faith,