From Henri Nouwen:
“God’s compassion is not something abstract or indefinite, but a concrete, specific gesture in which God reaches out to us. In Jesus Christ we see the fullness of God’s compassion. To us who cry out from the depth of our brokenness for a hand that will touch us, an arm that can embrace us, lips that will kiss us, a word that speaks to us here and now, and a heart that is not afraid of our fears and tremblings, to us who feel our own pain as no other human being feels it, has felt it, or will ever feel it and who are always waiting for someone who dares to come close – to us a man has come who could truly say, “I am with you.” Jesus Christ, who is God-with-us, has come to us in the freedom of love, not needing to experience our human condition.”
Occasionally doubt can leave us so isolated as though we are the only ones questioning.
Fear can do the same thing, causing us to forget what we know to be true.
Unmet expectations can leave us lonely and devastated, sometimes despairing that what we thought would be will never actually come to pass.
Crisis will make us scramble and grasp for anything we can feel or touch to relieve the anxiety.
There are also moments, even sometimes the ones mentioned above, when we know He is here, when we sense His pleasure, when we recognize we are being strengthened by Him, when He gives us the words when there are no words, He causes us to forgive the unforgivable, when He gives us patience in an intense situation, when we are actually still… knowing He is God. These are the moments we recognize He is indeed God-with-us.
The coming of Jesus was to show us in flesh and blood that God is with us. The man who spit in his hands and rubbed mud over the blind man, the One who looked eye ball to eye ball with the woman at the well. The God-man who felt the power go from Him and to another when she touched the hem of His garment knowing one touch – even just the fringe – was all she needed.
He is all we need.
As Nouwen describes the depth of our brokenness, in our fears and tremblings, in our pain that no one can fathom… to have faith in what we hope for and do not see requires a choice to trust what we know instead of what we feel.
What we feel is real and valid but the life of a Christian is often a life of tension. Moving forward to trust in faith. Not by sight.
He who was before time, came to dwell in a time long ago and is now with you in real time. And the promise remains… He will be enough.
For what do you need Him to be enough?