Feel Each Stone Beneath Your Sandals: Jesus knows Your Pain

Written by on September 16, 2014

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Has Jesus walked a mile in your Nikes? Can He really connect with the pain in your circumstances?

Saturday, on a spontaneous hike, I threaded the eye of a needle—a walkway tunnel that opened up to a gravel path. As I trod the trail at Oaks Bottom Park, gravel crunched beneath my feet. Because I’d left my tennis shoes in the car, I gingerly picked my way through the tough craggy path with only lightweight leather sandals. With each step, I felt every bump, stone, rock, pebble, and grain of dirt beneath my feet.

I thought to myself a hundred times, Darn! Where are those walking shoes when I need them? They’d absorb this stony pain. And then, How are You revealing Yourself here, Lord?

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Jesus replied, “I don’t strap on twenty-first century Nike Air Monarch foam midsoles and sprint a trail, kicking up a cloud of dirt. I feel the stones beneath My sandals. And I feel every tough step you take, too.”

A good friend recently lost her precious baby. As I prayed for her, the sharp pebbles beneath her feet became mine. I wanted very badly to protect her from the pain. But since I couldn’t, I prayed she’d too find the place in the spirit realm where Jesus sustains us. Pours water over crinkled, dusty toes.

The Holy Spirit is a brilliant Comforter and Counselor. My mentor, Wendy, calls Him Co-Co.  He walks beside you, stays awake with you in your hardest hour, and dwells with you in your moments of excruciating pain. When I relive my infant loss—a stillborn girl in 1991—the pain is still very real. And yet it was through her life and death that Co-Co and I became close friends. He understood. He helped me find words to chronicle my loss.  In the still of the night, He cried when I cried. He understood when I lamented the “baby’s breath” that came with flowers. My baby had no breath.

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But I learned that Co-Co likes to hang out with you all the time. Even when your dreams take a dive.

If you’re on a seemingly impossible trek, I encourage you to find someone to walk with you—to trust Co-Co to counsel and comfort and mentor you in His love. Together, seek a fresh encounter with His redeeming love.

Friend, when your journey becomes overwhelming, which is more important—for a friend to validate your pain? Or to move you quickly to joy? Why?

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Comments
  1. Tassie   On   September 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love your post. I was just listening to a sermon series by Andy Stanley: In The Meantime, talking about how God has not forgotten us – even when we maybe don’t see Him working – He is there – He loves us and cares.
    BTW – I found your website because my daughter’s name is: Lynn Hare. We were poking around on the internet… pretty funny!!!

    • Lynn Hare   On   October 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Tassie, “In the Meantime” sounds so inspiring. God sees us, even when we don’t see Him, eh? How REMARKABLE that your daughter and I share the same name. Does she write, too?

  2. Susan   On   September 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all the things that I have said unto you. John 14:26
    For he himself is our peace, Eph 2:14
    Our invisible God provides tangible comfort for us in times of need. What an amazing God we serve.

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