All of us everywhere are completely struggling with what happened at Robb Elementary School this week in Uvalde, Texas. It's just heartbreaking!
The senseless deaths. The feelings of sadness, hopelessness and anger. Plus, all the questions, including "why did this happen?" "How could someone do this?" "Is there really a God who cares?"
How do we navigate the heartbreak? How can we as individuals begin to work through these feelings and questions? How can we be a light in all of this darkness?
I've always found it very helpful in trying times to be very intentional about inviting God into the situation and asking HIM to come close. Praying through will not only provide comfort for your broken heart, but more importantly the dialogue with God will help with the healing. Praying Your Way Through, Scripture Devotional Card Set, Bible Study – Truepost Inc.
Let the tears flow too. Afterall, sorrow and tears are not a sign of weakness or lack of faith, but instead can be very helpful in the healing process. Sorrow and tears are natural. "I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken..." -Lamentations 2:11
I also find it therapeutic to write about what I'm feeling. Journaling can be one of the most effective ways to process challenging situations and jump start healing.
Look up and memorize scriptures. Scriptures like Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." or Matthew 5:4 Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
To experience any kind of peace or hope through this kind of tragedy we have to come close to God. One song that always reminds me of this, even when I don't understand, is Lauren Daigle's "Trust In You." Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs
Trusting and asking God to help us to heal, gain wisdom and take us through one day at a time, is the only way to navigate such a heartbreaking tragedy.
Especially when we don't understand the "why," we must follow and trust God anyway because in God's economy there will always be unanswered questions. I hope you'll join me in trusting HIM to help us heal and gain wisdom through this darkness, so we can navigate this heartbreak with love, peace, hope and grace.