A discussion with my sister-in-law ensued over the weekend that inspired this post. Kristin is full of love and compassion, and has lived through some life situations which would have forced many of us to fold. She seems to find her comfort in the Bible, and in her faith. Her knowledge of the Bible is phenomenal, and her faith unmatched. She draws on her life situations and her relationship with God in her attempts to comfort those who are struggling with their own issues. Her intentions are nothing short of pure.
Unfortunately, she's experienced some less-than-desirable outcomes from those whom she's tried to comfort. Which leads me to wonder if maybe she's just trying too hard? I get the feeling that on average, people really don't want to hear about God when they are down or when they are struggling or when we think they need to hear about God. It really seems to drive them away more often than not. I don't know why - maybe it's because we're human and we are looking for an immediate fix to our problems, and God doesn't always work that way. In fact, God seldom works that way, I'd say.
I don't have all the answers, or solutions, and I may be wrong here, but maybe it's better that we lead quietly and by example. We can comfort others if we can find a way to speak to them in which they'll actually hear, but if we can't, maybe just listening to them, loving them, and being someone they can look up to from time-to-time is enough. Seems better than driving them away with something they aren't willing to digest.
"Be still, and know that I am God." Seems like the big guy is saying, "Hey, I got this one. I've been doing this a long time, so just let me handle it in my way."