ARM AND ARM IN GOD
“God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. … Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.” - Psalm 34:4-8, 17-19 MSG
God promises that He is near to the broken hearted. It follows then, that if we want to be where He is, we should also draw near to the broken hearted. Not just by giving money, supplies, or food, but by proximity and welcoming the broken into our community. In relationship, in the trenches, in the heartbreak and struggle, through death, through addiction, through violence, through oppression – when we walk alongside the broken, we find ourselves arm-in-arm with God.
Who is someone crying out for help around you? In your family, your friend group, your school, your neighborhood? Link arms, acknowledge your own brokenness, and walk with them. In that moment, you may find yourself looking into the face of God. He is there every time.