Finding Belief in the Heartache

Finding Belief in the Heartache

Finding Belief in the Heartache

Guest post written for www.starsinadarkworld.com

Belief is so easy to lose sight of in the heartache. But it is so important to sustain a journey.

Her husband Elkanah said, “Oh, Hannah, why are you crying? Why aren’t you eating? And why are you so upset? Am I not of more worth to you than ten sons?”
So Hannah ate. Then she pulled herself together, slipped away quietly, and entered the sanctuary. The priest Eli was on duty at the entrance to God’s Temple in the customary seat. Crushed in soul, Hannah prayed to God and cried and cried—inconsolably. Then she made a vow:
Oh, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, If you’ll take a good, hard look at my pain, If you’ll quit neglecting me and go into action for me By giving me a son, I’ll give him completely, unreservedly to you. I’ll set him apart for a life of holy discipline.
It so happened that as she continued in prayer before God, Eli was watching her closely. Hannah was praying in her heart, silently. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard. Eli jumped to the conclusion that she was drunk. He approached her and said, “You’re drunk! How long do you plan to keep this up? Sober up, woman!”
Hannah said, “Oh no, sir—please! I’m a woman hard used. I haven’t been drinking. Not a drop of wine or beer. The only thing I’ve been pouring out is my heart, pouring it out to God. Don’t for a minute think I’m a bad woman. It’s because I’m so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I’ve stayed here so long.”
Eli answered her, “Go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you have asked of him.”
“Think well of me—and pray for me!” she said, and went her way. Then she ate heartily, her face radiant.
-1 Samuel 1:8-18 (MSG)

Pain is horrible. Pain is debilitating.

Pain can suspend you mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Pain can stop all productivity, movement and growth. It can put you into an endless loop of pity, if you let it.
Or you can let it motivate you, let it grow you, let it bring you to your knees in prayer. Hannah used her pain to march herself to the temple and pray from an area of so much hurt and grief – that her lips would move, but the words were lodged so deep inside her heart they could not come out. She allowed her pain to take her to a place that God heard her!

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Karen Blandino is a pastor's wife, Texan, mother and counselor. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from TCU and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UTA. She has served 12 years in education. She and her husband planted 7 City Church in Ft. Worth, Texas where they serve as lead pastors.

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