In these tumultuous times, we all want to be doing well. Some of us are, some of us are not,
and some are torn up inside while pretending to be okay on the outside. It’s okay to protect others (especially children) by saying that we’re okay when we’re not. But our relationship with God is different.
God knows everything, so why not be honest?
In the words of Psalm 139 (Good News Bible):
Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions.
Even before I speak,
you already know what I will say.
You are all around me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.
The Christian singer Jeremy Camp (who is also the subject of the movie “I Still Believe”)
paraphrases the psalm in his song, “He Knows” ~
All the bitter weary ways
Endless striving day by day
You barely have the strength to pray
In the valley low
And how hard your fight has been
How deep the pain within
Wounds that no one else has seen
Hurts too much to show
All the doubt you’re standing in between
And all the weight that brings you to your knees
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the one
God knows when we’re worried or upset; when we’re scared and alone; when we’re confused and in doubt. He even knows when we’re angry at him or don’t want to talk to Him. But He yearns to have a conversation with us. He’s God; he can take it. In the same way, we usually know what’s on our children’s minds, but we want them
to share their feelings with us so that we can feel closer to them. God is our parent.
Throughout the book of Psalms, King David and others express every emotion imaginable.
They rage and collapse; they exult and praise. They dissolve in tears; they ask if God even cares.
And through it all, God listens, God loves them, God draws close to their sides.
May we draw near to God through honest prayer, that He may draw near to us.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
~ Psalm 62:8, New International Version