“He was my soulmate, but he broke my heart,” the headline screamed from the supermarket magazine rack.
Since I was without my children and behind several other customers in line, I had plenty of time (and relative quiet!) to stop and think…
The idea of a broken heart seems sort of modern, doesn’t it? A term with more than its fair share of melodramatic flair, heartbroken is reminiscent of teen romance gone bad…of puppy love ended prematurely. Perhaps the “NO” box was checked on the note inquiring about her feelings toward him. Or maybe she saw him out with another girl.
Heartbroken brings to mind the ache of rejection. The despair of loneliness. The emptiness of disappointment. The anguish of loss. And its reach is certainly not limited to infatuated young people.
Far from being a contemporary concept, a broken heart is referenced by our God in His Word. Will you just let that soak in for a minute?
Heartbroken is no dramatic exaggeration. It’s not a self-indulgent pity party. God acknowledges and understands that sometimes things happen in this sin-infested world that cause us to feel like our hearts are crumbling within us.
And just what does He say about the brokenhearted? Does He summon them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Or remind them of all the ways the heartbreak is actually their own fault? That they should’ve seen it coming?
No, of course not. He simply but profoundly says that He is near to them (Psalm 34:18).
What rich, soothing salve on gaping wounds is His nearness!
He also tells us that He heals them and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
Stop and imagine with me for a moment our Heavenly Father kneeling over us, examining our broken places with such care and concern…tending us with such gentleness…granting His tender healing touch in all the places we can see and even those we can’t.
Be encouraged, for this is our breathtakingly beautiful God.
Written by Jennifer Clarke