Sympathize With Our Weakness
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. –Hebrews 4:15
Have you ever tried to have a vulnerable conversation with someone, only to be met with blank stares, awkward silences, or even dismissal of your feelings because what you’ve revealed to them is way over their ‘pain’ grade? Vulnerability is an amazing thing, but it sucks when you step away from a conversation regretting how deeply you’ve entrusted your heart to someone who just can’t understand. I did this a lot when I first started to journey through grief. I really needed to get my feelings out, so whenever I could pin someone down long enough for them to listen I wouldn’t hesitate before pouring out every detail of my misery, right down to the nitty gritty. Yet, most times I would walk away from those conversations feeling more sad, more misunderstood, and more of a burden than I did before. It wasn’t until recently that I realized there is someone who can perfectly identify and understand every feeling of abandonment, rejection, humiliation, and shame that I’ve felt in this season. His name is Jesus. I know, I know, this seems like such an obvious, Sunday-school answer. But it’s true! Jesus hadn’t even arrived on the manger scene of Bethlehem without experiencing immediate rejection and disappointment. His mother and father were what we currently identify as ‘refugees’ and the people who could have received them said “We have no room for you!”. So before he was even born, Jesus faced rejection, poverty, homelessness, etc. He understands your pain. He knows what it is like. Let this revelation relieve your heart from the fear of being misunderstood. He understands your weakness. He has been through it. And he overcame.