There are so many heart-breaking things in life, in the world. Heartbreak takes so many forms that, once recognized, it can be overwhelming. Disappointment, conflict, tragedy, and fear lay burdens on our hearts, slice us open, expose wounds we thought were healed, and leave us picking up the pieces of our lives.
Heartbreak can be a lonely place. When it feels like everything is falling apart, like the path forward is no longer clear, or when the path is clear but the obstacles seem insurmountable, it is easy to feel isolated. It's easy to become convinced that no one cares, that we are failures, that we will always struggle alone.
But we are not alone. God draws near to the brokenhearted, he lifts up the despairing.
There is a song whose lyrics say the following:
One tear in the driving rain,
One voice in a sea of pain
Could the maker of the stars
Hear the sound of my breaking heart?
One life, that's all I am
Right now I can barely stand
If You're everything you say you are,
Would you come close and hold my heart?
(Hold my Heart, Tenth Avenue North)
The answer to those questions is, "Yes." God can hear our hearts breaking. He will come close and hold our hearts in his tender, loving hands, all we have to do is invite Him to do so. Even in heartbreak, even when we have so many questions and so few answers, His promises remain. We can trust him to meet us where we are and care for us.
Psalm 34: 17-18
The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.