A song. A psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. Psalm 83:1 NIV

In the moment of your distress, it may only seem a little comfort for you to hear that I know your pain. Words like silence and standing aloof were in My Son’s heart when He cried, “My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?” I had to wait…He had asked Me to accomplish  My will in this matter.

Pain itself is inward focused. When you prick your finger, your nervous system engages your whole body to do something about the pain that you just experienced. You remove your hand away from the thing that caused the prick, and your eyes look quickly to see how much damage has occurred. Your mouth releases audibly what your finger shouted to your mind. You were created to remove yourself from pain.

It is natural for you to have thoughts such as this,  “if I love you, why would I not instantly rescue from your present pain? Why don’t I destroy the people that have caused you pain? Why do I not  correct the disease, the accident, the incident, or the ongoing affliction?

Look at Me. I will remain with you while you suffer for a little while longer. Allow your focus to turn away from your pain, toward My love for you. Even though you hurt, My Spirit is present. Though the world beats you down, fear not for I have overcome and will help you overcome the world.

Storms and sickness were not My intention for you or this world when I created it. My abiding presence with you, My child, remains in and through your darkest moments. There will be a day of judgment. There will be a day of resolve. The fulfillment of resurrection Sunday will fall upon you and your body as you enter eternity.

Thomas was experiencing the pain of losing a close friend when he asked My Son, “can we compare scars?” I smiled. Thomas’ pain was real, so is yours. Let’s walk this path together.

Whispers from Your Father, God