October 14, 2021

by Kimberly Hobbs 

As I sat in the courtroom staring at the face of a 19-year-old murderer who stabbed to death a 13-year-old boy, I looked at him cuffed and chained and my heart sank. I clenched tighter to the hands and body of the mother who was sitting next to me of the child whose life was brutally taken and my heart began to ache in pain. I had so many questions swimming through my mind as I stared at the killer for great lengths in that courtroom, a scene I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
God tells us to pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. (Lamentations 2:19)
In your toughest hours, God invites you to hold nothing back, not even your raw emotions and I watched the broken mother weep endlessly for her child, I saw her eyes and what they must have seen, I heard her say words to the murderer as she glared on in the waiting. When she finally screamed out her pain because she could no longer hold it in, she had to leave the courtroom, carrying the weight of grief that was beyond her physical control!
But you know what? God’s presence found her yet again! Over and over God picks us up where we are. His love for us is endless.
It was a beautiful sight to watch as I stepped out of the courtroom to her side once more. We all huddled around her sharing love, prayers, compassion, and comfort in the hallway. I saw the beauty of God’s hand mightily at work. God came to her rescue in that moment she needed Him to.
We could all find hope in the midst of our affliction if we look for God’s hand and reach for it. He is near. He waits for you. These promises are made to you by God. He will NEVER leave you! NO, NOT EVER!
Remember this verse if you are grieving and can’t seem to rise beyond the  despair:
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions NEVER fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
(Jeremiah 3:17)
There is hope to be found in the midst of your pain. The darkness, the sorrow, the heartbreak, and the grief are not permanent but they are real emotions, don’t be afraid to let them out before the Lord. The Lord’s compassion never fails. He is good to those who quietly wait for Him. Hold on to His hope from scripture. His Word to you is truth. He will meet you where you are and when you need Him most! Always.