Trustworthy and Sensitive

If you grew up in the Church, you might feel guilty if you are disappointed because of your long-time singleness. You might feel selfish or sinful for desiring a partner, a lover, a companion.

 

Hannah could have had these same fears when dealing with her intense desire to have a child. Maybe her husband was right; his love was enough! Shouldn’t she be content with that? Wasn’t it enough to be part of God’s chosen people?

 

Yet, she dared to approach Him with the subject: “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish” (1 Samuel 1:10). What flowed in those tears was likely a mixture of grief, anger, jealousy, sadness and disappointment, everything that had twisted itself around her feminine heart.

 

Hannah teaches us that God’s heart is completely and emotionally trustworthy, sensitive to our most intimate feelings. She learned by experience what David would write later, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8).

 

Jesus exemplified the Father’s understanding nature toward the feminine heart when He walked on earth. A wonderful example is when Mary Magdalene stood weeping uncontrollably at His tomb. She was so grief-stricken she forgot to notice that she was talking to angels. She couldn’t even identify Jesus when He stood before her.

 

But with one word, the familiar way He spoke her name—Mary!—she recognized Him instantly. Jesus was not afraid of her tears, her confusion, her distress. His presence brought peace, and she was ready to hear His message to her.

 

Hannah encountered that same peace, the peace that flowed from the most trustworthy person there is.

 

 

One Response to “ “Trustworthy and Sensitive”

  1. Brendy says:

    Love it! I have been pondering the very same thing. Thanks again for sharing your heart.

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