It’s true. People say it as a means of reconciling the fact that although life has changed for you, everyone else is continuing on as if nothing has changed at all. The world doesn’t stop for us, does it? It doesn’t take a break to process emotions, feelings, thoughts, changes, etc. It keeps going. While you are adapting to some sort of change in your life, the sun is still shining somewhere else, the birds are chirping, people are going to work, there are bills to pay and mouths to feed. The world doesn’t stop for you or for me.
That can feel heavy at times. We want to know that someone, somewhere recognizes that we are going through something right now. We want people to either mourn with us, celebrate with us, sit with us or maybe encourage us. In our human-ness, we need to feel as if someone gets it. And maybe, just maybe, they can either sympathize, empathize or even stop their world and just be with us in our’s for a little while.
It’s awe-inspiring to me, the vastness of this world and life in general. My life, in the scheme of this world, is so minute, so tiny that it doesn’t affect the functioning of life on this planet. We go about our daily lives as if it is the bigger picture – the main event – and yet, in reality, it isn’t. Somewhere out there, is a bigger world, a bigger problem, a bigger change, a bigger anything.
That’s not meant to be a downer.
It’s just a fact.
Even though this vastness, this ability to keep going in spite of loss or change amazes me and sometimes saddens me, if I’m completely transparent here, I’m thankful that I can cling to a very real, very comforting truth:
God cares about me.
My life does matter. I’m learning that even if life is still going on while I’m adapting to a new normal, adapting to new circumstances, to change, to whatever is thrown my way, there is One who pays attention to the smallest of details in my very small life. He cares about what I am experiencing, how it affects my life, how I process it, every little piece of it.
- He knows my name – it’s carved in the palm of His hand. (Isaiah 49:16)
- He knows how many hairs are on my head, at any given time of the day or night. (Matthew 10:30)
- He knew me before I was even created. (Jeremiah 1:5)
- He cares more about me more than the lilies of the field or the sparrows in the air. (Matthew 6:25-31)
And He feels the same way about you too. Did you know that? Were you aware how much He genuinely cares about you? He does.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
So, take heart, my friend. He cares about every little detail of your life. He is pursuing you with a passionate love. He understands your deepest thoughts, fears, needs and dreams. Nothing that happens to you takes Him by surprise.
Rest in that.
Because you have a heavenly Father who really does care and who takes time to be with you when your world stops turning.
He always has time to sit awhile.