We are back at it. Social media is a clashing cymbal making a whole lot of noise again. Friends and strangers alike utilize their self-inflated platforms to argue their beliefs and push their agenda – political, religious or otherwise.
And my heart breaks again, because we are just missing it.
I didn’t know how to feel this week with New York’s abortion law. I didn’t know too much about it, and if I’m being completely honest, the scope of darkness that we are potentially dealing with here scared the mess out of me. Because y’all… this is dark, dark stuff and I just wasn’t sure I could deal.
After almost a full week of coming to terms with how I could possibly process this, awake at 3:00am, I dove head first into Jesus and researched this law.
I started to type out what this law encompasses and add a little bit of my own noise, unknowingly – so I won’t go too much into it. I’ll encourage you to research the law yourself. Look into multiple sites and be sure they are not overtly geared one way or another. Interpret the law and its ramifications on your own. Don’t let a party, a religious leader or noise do it for you.
That being said, I digress.
Friends, after I dove into Jesus, researched and processed, my heart ached. My heart ached real good. It ached for these children, these destinies, these little lives that may never actually see the light of day. And I started to get lost in that ache a little bit. When I did, my instinct to “thrive” and “think positive” and re-wire those neuropathways out of pain tried to kick in and move me away from that.
And in that moment, I felt the beckoning of the Holy Spirit… “Stay here with me, Nicole. I ache for them too, and it’s lonely here.” And suddenly, it’s like I remembered that my God, my Savior has a full spectrum of emotions too and that His infinite and deep love personally knows all these babies. They are the dream of His heart and He knows them. So He grieves, not a statistic, but a life. I realized I was sitting in the tension of John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.” I wanted to get out of the ache and instead Jesus invited me deeper into it.
I write this post to encourage, my dear friends, brothers and sisters to dive into this ache, away from the noise, where we truly commune with Jesus on this matter. His heart aches, and now… so does mine. In a very real and tangible way. Can I invite us all to this table? Before social media rants, and carefully crafted memes/graphics passive aggresively attacking the very generalized political trends of our opponents, can we just sit at this table with Jesus and weep with Him?
Redemption is coming. He is on the move and He will release life and victory and justice in full holy fury and oh, what a beautiful day that will be. Right now, He sits in both the truth and promise of that victory and in the reality that our fallen world is getting darker. Darkness is getting darker, but His holy light is and will continue to advance and get brighter.
But in the meantime, as a Bride, can we take a moment to step away from the noise and weep? It doesn’t have to be forever, our marching orders are coming soon and justice will be released. But today, let’s take a moment of silence and weep with He who weeps…