take my heart and let it be: wise words
This is an excerpt from one of my favorite devotions in the fabulous book, Come Away my Beloved by Francis J. Roberts.
I love this devotional because it feels like each one was written with me in mind…they resonate so deeply with me. This one in particular. I read this before I was pregnant too, and of course was not in “need” of such grace. I felt I couldn’t quite relate to the suffering. Well, now I can. It’s bread for the journey. Words deeply impact me, give me strength. I love the Bible because it never changes, the truth, the strength, the comfort remains the same, yesterday, today and forever.
“Oh my child, lay your heart in my hand, and let me heal it. Yes, let me gather up your tears, for they are precious to me (Psalm 56:8). You have not been suffering alone, but I myself has been near you all along the way. My heart has felt all that you have felt. You do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with your sufferings, but one who experienced every grief and human emotion common to all people. In the midst of these painful experiences, He did not sin. Therefore He is one who is able to help you (Hebrews 2:18)
He is one who, having walked the same path himself, is able to teach you how, in the midst of these human experiences of hurts, frustrations, loneliness, and heartache you may rise above the natural tendencies to fall into the sins of self-pity, self-reproach, depression of spirit, resentment, and the like.
It is not easy. Not only is it not easy, but in the natural, in the flesh, it is impossible. But the same grace I promise to the apostle Paul to help him bear his afflictions, this same grace I will give to you (2 Corinthians 12:9).
You may bring the whole of your burden to me. I will help you as the days go by, and as the trials come and go; and as the learning process continues, I will teach you the spiritual secrets of the art of committal.
For in complete and repeated committal lies the key to victory that can be thus more easily won, less painfully achieved, and more quickly gained, so that the valleys become less deep and less dark, and more quickly passed through.”