Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
Before you get all up in arms, hear me out. Have you ever noticed that there are certain events that just hurt your heart. Like seeing a homeless person on the side of the road, or a single mother have to put groceries back because she doesn’t have money. Things that are good can hurt your heart too, like seeing your newborn baby for the first time, or seeing your bride walk down the isle. All of these things hurt your heart, but not always for bad reasons, but they give you a burning aching sensation deep down that is unexplainable.
I consider these instances where God is pointing something important out to me. The burning aching sensation is His way of getting my attention. I love the hurt that comes along with Him talking to me.
When it hurts for a reason, like seeing a homeless person, I feel like God is bringing him or her to my attention, so maybe I can help them. Pointing out to me ways I can live the way Jesus would want me too. I could cringe at the mother with no money, or I could offer to help her buy her groceries. The burning in my heart is for someone’s else’s benefit as well as my own.
This burn however, can go ignored. Most people don’t offer help, thus ignoring Gods communication with them, but that’s the beauty/burden of free will. We choose weather to act on this hurt or not, God merely points out the ones in need.
The good pain is God’s way of showing me the moments I don’t want to forget and what’s important. The love I feel for some people makes my heart ache and like I am in literal pain. The thought of Gods love for me, makes me cry and my heart want to explode, because I am so unbelievably blessed and I know I am so not worthy.
But why pain? Why does He have to make us hurt in order for us to pay attention? Because if God tapped us on the shoulder most of us wouldn’t pay much attention now would we? This temporary burning ache we have in our hearts, can make a lifelong impact in our own lives, and the lives of others.
So I say God hurt my heart in order to heal others. Make my heart hurt so I’m willing to step out and do your works for the good of someone else. Send me to anyone and everyone that needs help, even if I cant help them myself.
If you are looking to help someone try volunteering at your local shelters or donate to your favorite non profits. My personal fav and one that’s close to my heart is CITY OF REFUGE here in Atlanta. I’ve volunteered there before and the works they are doing are truely life changing.