My little furry friend is sick. I’ve done my best to take care of her but unfortunately, some of the treatments are scary and painful for her. Now she hides from me. She runs when I try to pet her. It breaks my heart.

Amidst the tears welling in my eyes this morning, I heard God’s gentle voice saying, “Now you know how I feel.”

When we are hurt, because of sin, sickness, personal calamity, how do we react? I know what I do. I hide. I’m too ashamed, too guilt-ridden, too despondent to run to God for healing and comfort.

If I feel sick to my stomach with worry. I feel pain over the pain in my little friend’s eyes. How must God feel when He sees his children broken and sad, or dying inside because of their sin and afflictions.

All I want to do is put her on my lap and stroke her fur but she won’t let me.

…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.  Luke 13:34

He waits patiently, arms open wide, eyes full of tears. Don’t run from the One who wants to heal you and lavish you with His love.